Our sociology BA teaches you essential hands-on skills while you develop the research ability and theoretical knowledge that allows you to understand the effects of social issues on society. Our sociology courses are taught within an interdisciplinary department of our School of Law, bringing you in contact with some of the leading scholars in the industry.
You will have the freedom to choose your modules and focus of study in your second and third year meaning you can tailor your degree to your individual interests and future career goals. The programme itself has a strong focus on race and "decentering" the discipline of sociology, making it ever more relevant in today's world and making intersectionality a central feature of your study and practice. You'll also have the opportunity to take on a work placement or study abroad.
You’ll be part of our thriving learning environment, with a specialist teaching approach that gives you plenty of support throughout your studies. You’ll also get a free electronic textbook for every module as part of your course.
You’ll have the option to extend your course by a year to spend your third year building your employability skills as part of a paid work placement at a community organisation or NGO. Our academic advisers will help you find your placement and give you the support you need to complete a winning application.
You can also choose to integrate work experience within the existing programme by taking the relevant volunteering and work placement modules. If you're looking to expand your resume, a study semester abroad with one of our partner institutions can really develop your skills and breath of study, and give you a new perspective for your career.
When it comes to support, you’ll be matched with a Personal Tutor to get the backing you need. You’ll also get support from our Student Learning and Graduate Academic Assistants who have personal experience in sociology.
As a subject that offers a wide range of postgraduate career options, our sociology degree opens up opportunities in the public, private and voluntary sectors. Developing your employability skills is a key feature within the modules and a major focus of the programme across all three years.
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Our BA Sociology programme has been carefully designed to introduce key sociological foundations, theorists and social issues in your first year. First year teaching is underpinned by the study of contemporary issues in society through application of the sociological imagination, community action and an intersectional lens.
Your second year will transition from broad sociological and research introductions to engagement with specific fields of enquiry and practice. You'll choose modules from a variety of options in more specialist areas so you can focus on your areas of interest and employability goals.
In your final year of study, you'll be able to identify and define complex problems, combining diagnostic and creative skills, while developing and demonstrating your understanding of specialist areas and fields of professional practice. You can shape your own learning through the choice of five optional modules and a project focused on a Global Citizenship Challenge or a more traditional supervised dissertation. You'll also be able to take advantage of either term or year-long work placements as well.
We’ve made temporary changes to some course modules for students starting in 2020 in response to the coronavirus outbreak. If you’re applying to start this course or progressing into year one, two or three this autumn, there’s info on these updates below.
This module traces the changing terms of debate around race and racism in sociology and sociological thinking. It has two primary aims; firstly to deconstruct and decolonise ‘white sociology’ and second, relate understandings of racism and racialised power relations to new and emerging forms of xenophobia in individual lives, institutions, and in the digital world. You'll also focus on how race interacts with other options in the programme.
This module will enhance your study and communication skills, preparing you for your academic path and encourages you to become an independent learner, taking control of your thinking and learning. Part of this transition is finding your voice as a student; exploring what you care about in the field and developing a personal engagement with it.
This module introduces the foundations of sociological theory and encourages you to appreciate central questions and ideas that have shaped sociology’s development as a discipline. You'll also recognise the way these continue to shape the way sociologists engage with today’s social world. This module serves as foundational knowledge for future modules.
This module introduces the ways in which we can understand inequality from a qualitative research perspective. You'll learn how ethnography and interviews as qualitative research methods are used by sociologists to study social inequality and produce diverse findings about divisions in society. You'll then be equipped with the practical skills to carry out ethnography and interviews yourself, a skill that will be further developed during your second year.
This module supports you to develop a ‘sociological imagination’ and identify the relationship between personal lives and social structures. You'll be encouraged to discuss the world around you and to summarise your experience of it. You'll be asked to identify links between social actions and social structures and to consider how choice and agency are always shaped, restricted and facilitated by race, gender, age, dis/ability, and other social factors. You'll be equipped with the analytical skills to utilise and develop across your degree.
This module introduces the importance of sociology and sociological enquiry in the community. You'll have the opportunity to focus on current social issues facing the local community, to better understand the ways in which social issues are framed, narrated and can be explored. You'll focus on both cause and effect, and through debating, discussing and engaging, explore how we think about social issues at the local, everyday level. You'll also explore the urban environment around the University, becoming part of the community of sociologists at Middlesex and beyond.
This module introduces the study of contemporary society. You'll learn core approaches to understanding contemporary society, by studying social structures, institutions and the social relations that comprise it from a global and intersectional lens. Each week you'll be introduced to new contemporary topics, learning how they are debated, researched and theorised from varying sociological perspectives. You'll be able to bring your learning together from previous modules and apply theory to contemporary topics.
This module will give you a broad understanding of theoretical debates regarding the antecedents and consequences of social stratification and inequality. You'll learn to use secondary data analysis to answer questions related to social stratification and inequality issues. In seminars, you'll work with secondary data from ONS and surveys and use this data to describe specific instances of social inequality in Britain and other countries. You'll also gain the key skills to successfully undertake research method modules which can set you apart to future employers.
This module gives you the knowledge and skills to use SPSS for data analysis and thematic analysis to analyse qualitative data. You'll have the opportunity to propose a methodological research project on a topic of interest and produce a mixed method project. Part of the project involves forming a conversational guide, collecting and analysing data, and writing a report. You'll be prepared to undertake qualitative and quantitative research for your dissertation and study advanced research methods during your studies.
The module provides skills and capacities for you to use social theory in order to think creatively and constructively about ways in which the social and political world is changing today. You'll develop your knowledge of key thinkers, gained in Year 1, by linking with your everyday life experiences. The module will bring social theory into focus and you'll understand how societies are changing, linking with the evolution of founding theory, by building on the knowledge of key theories that frame modern sociology.
This module will develop your understanding in how we can use sociological thinking to work towards bringing social change. You'll consider theories of social change and how they are utilised by social groups and movements and how different actors use sociological ideas to respond to social issues and problems. Through engaging with organisations and work practices, campaigns and campaign groups, you'll gain practical skills that will foster your ability to engage in wider actions for social change around issues that concern you.
This module introduces the changing ways family, intimate and personal lives have been understood by sociology. You'll explore changing ideas of family structures and practices, and explore ‘family’ as a social institution, considering how it is shaped by government policy, social attitudes, religious practice, social spaces and institutions. You'll gain broader understandings of intimate and personal life that include our relationships with friends, animals, colleagues, and ourselves.
The module will develop your understanding of a range of paradigms for the study of religion and religious experience and relate these to the place of religion in contemporary societies as well as in your life. The relation between religious experience, self and society is the focus of this module and it's explored through empirical, interpretive, ethnographic, critical, philosophical, psychoanalytical and theological frameworks. You'll also develop the skills and knowledge required to undertake future works in related modules and/or a dissertation.
This module allows you to gain a comprehensive understanding of the ways in which digital media is embedded in everyday life; for networking, political action and forming identities; leaving our online and offline lives interrelated. The ongoing digitalisation of society presents important topics of investigation that range from everyday social, personal and political life.
This module supports your personal and professional development by providing work experience opportunities within a community-based setting. You'll explore the links between academic study and community engagement in order to integrate and apply theoretical knowledge to real world issues. You'll gain processes for structured reflection and develop an understanding of community concerns, cultural competence and ethical and social responsibilities. This module allows you to cultivate a range of skills and knowledge to be applied to further studies and employment.
*You can take this module for one term only over the course of your degree
This module will develop your understanding of theoretical perspectives on race and social justice in relation to lived realities. You'll engage in detailed discussions of white power and privilege across different spaces, racism and intersectional oppression to understand the theories of race, power and privilege. You'll then focus on the power of the state and legislation, providing a critical reflection through interdisciplinary scholarship. You'll be prepared to engage with race and social justice topics for your dissertation as well as continuing into further study or employment in the field.
This module introduces contemporary issues in housing, welfare, education and care and supports you in analysing policy making and implementation. You'll consider how people respond to policy and challenge policy decisions that impact their lives. You'll study the history and development of the welfare state in the UK and the changes that have since taken place in government ideology, provision, and economics. You can develop your interest in the module themes in third year options that explore education, work and health in depth.
This module introduces key questions in urban sociology and criminology and you'll cover the main approaches which have developed in these fields. You'll be able to engage with the evolution of cities and the implications for those who live in them, exploring questions of intra-urban inequalities, crime, disorder and social harm. At a time of planetary urbanisation, it's essential to engage with the complexity of the social institutions and the physical infrastructures that make up their fabric, considering questions around urban insecurity, gentrification and social housing in these debates.
This final year core module allows you to explore how education is understood and learning is valued in society. It presents educational institutions as sites of power and inequalities, capable of producing as well challenging patriarchy, racism and other forms of discrimination. You'll be asked to reflect on your individual and collective experiences of learning, question what you've learned, and how, and what this means for you now, and in the future.
This module aims to develop understanding of a range of digital and visual methods for conducting research and analysing data primarily through digital ethnography, semiotics and content analysis and to introduce innovative digital methodologies being developed to study digital media problematising them from a methodological and ethical position. You'll be equipped with the practical skills needed to undertake visual and digital research and the knowledge needed to do this in an ethical way, useful for work and study environments in the future.
This module will enable you to critically review sociological perspectives on gender and sexuality. Drawing upon a range of theoretical frameworks, you'll critically review the ways in which gender and sexuality have been positioned within sociology. You'll be encouraged to critically analyse everyday experience using theoretical material. You'll explore the ways in which gender and sexuality are intertwined with race, religion, age, dis/ability, class and other categories and enables you to draw on sociological theory to evaluate the social world.
Through a critical exploration of theories and practices of family life in Islam, you'll develop advanced knowledge of the teachings and practices of Islam from a dispassionate and objective perspective. A contextualised understanding of Islam represents a tool for a comprehensive appraisal of events shaping our times. More broadly, the family life lens will equip you to make sense of the role of religion in society.
This module provides a critical understanding of violence as an organised form of action involving both state and non-state actors. From the work of the likes of Marx, Tilly, Mann, Arendt and Fanon, organised violence emerged as a key element in modern state-building in Western countries and the global South. You'll look at how in today’s world organised violence is equally central not only to the forging of political entities but also to their reproduction. This module is recommended for those who aim to work in human rights, conflict and peace, and terrorism areas.
The module introduces several questions concerning home and housing in contemporary society as well as the way sociologists should confront these issues as they occupy a central place in the political, public and mediatic debate. It offers a sociology of housing and of the home looking at the relationship between self, society and state. You'll focus on the UK context with the aim to consolidate a knowledge base in terms of theory, social policy and politics, as well as introducing home in a global context. You'll also have the added opportunity to complete a capstone project or a dissertation in that field.
This module is to introduce a range of topics and theoretical and empirical debates within the field of health and disability studies from a sociological life course perspective. You'll be encouraged to reflect on everyday social situations and challenges people across the life course with disabilities experience; and to engage in how they are shaped and framed by social, economic and political explanations of health and disability. You'll be able to apply sociological insights developed in this module to health and disability studies and to health care professions you may enter after graduation.
This module will equip you with the Sociological and Criminological concepts necessary to explore personal and collective experiences of radicalisation and extremism, to critically assess current policy and practice responses to this development, and to propose future policy directions. In so doing, you'll engage with urgent societal questions around security and insecurity and will serve as a resource for those looking to undertake research or employment in areas relating to community support and prevention of violent extremism.
This module will give develop your knowledge and understanding of the interaction of politics and society with a particular focus on social movements, collective action, and contention. By providing an overview of major ideas in political sociology and an explanation of the processes involving power relations between the state and civil society actors, you'll adopt a global approach. You'll have an opportunity to understand a number of political-sociological themes and to locate their development within a variety of social and national contexts.
This module uses the workplace as a site of learning and professional development. It fosters the growth of key employability skills and a critical understanding of work place policies and practices. A central theme of this module is reflective practice and you'll be engaged in a process of action and reflection. The module also supports the meaningful integration of theoretical knowledge and placement practice, and a critical awareness of ethical and professional behaviours. You'll also cultivates a range of skills and knowledge useful for further studies and employment.
This module aims to synthesise your learning from previous modules and gives you an opportunity to study independently and investigate a topic in depth, in accordance with the Sociology Benchmark Statement. It fosters academic curiosity; an inquiry-based approach, and the employment and application of research skills thus facilitating the development of a higher level of theorising.
This module gives you the opportunity to reflect on your learning over the course of your degree. You'll apply the knowledge and skills gained to formulate a project to address a real-life problem. Looking towards the future, you'll consider how to operationalise the transformative elements of education to bring about social change and engage in meaningful future working/social lives.
See the course specification for more information about typical course content outside of the coronavirus outbreak:
Optional modules are usually available at levels 5 and 6, although optional modules are not offered on every course. Where optional modules are available, you will be asked to make your choice during the previous academic year. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.
In recent years, our graduates have undertaken placements in a wide range of organisations such as:
Our work placement and work-based learning module leaders are also committed to supporting you to secure placements on top of the Employability Service provisions.
Prior to joining Middlesex, Dr Kaur obtained her doctorate from Loughborough University, which was funded by Loughborough University's Doctoral College studentship. Whilst at Loughborough University, she was an co-convenor for the Culture and Media Analysis Research Group and has worked as a content analyst for the 2017 General Election, 2015 General Election and 2016 Referendum projects led by the Centre for Research in Communication and Culture.
Read more about Dr Kaur's background and research and watch her talk about digital media
Professor McDonald's research interests include technology and culture, democratisation and civil society, social movements, experiences of violence and marginalisation.
Dr Siebers teaches the social theory modules on the BA Sociology programme. His research interests are philosophy and theory of communication. He's currently working on philosophies of dialogue, communication and creativity and the relation between complexity and subjectivity.
Dr Christou teaches the social theory modules on the BA Sociology degree. Her research and teaching interests include diasporas, migration and return migration.
Sociology and Psychology BA student
We’ll carefully manage any future changes to courses, or the support and other services available to you, if these are necessary because of things like changes to government health and safety advice, or any changes to the law.
Any decisions will be taken in line with both external advice and the University’s Regulations which include information on this.
Our priority will always be to maintain academic standards and quality so that your learning outcomes are not affected by any adjustments that we may have to make.
At all times we’ll aim to keep you well informed of how we may need to respond to changing circumstances, and about support that we’ll provide to you.
Start: October 2020
Duration: 3 years full-time, 4 years full-time with placement, 5 years part-time
Start: October 2020
Duration: 3 years full-time, 4 years full-time with placement
Start: October 2020
Duration: 1 year full-time, + 3 years full-time
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