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Sociology BA Honours

Develop your understanding of inequality, gender and social change from a global perspective in this practical degree.
October 2020
3 years full-time
4 years full-time with placement
£9,250 (UK/EU) *
£13,400 (INT) *
Course leader
Nicola Montagna

Why study sociology with us

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 approach the subject from a global perspective to explore the real-life issues that address social change and movement.

Using some of the most innovative teaching in the UK, you'll learn by studying, finding and extracting both macro and micro information, using everything from surveys to in-depth interviews. Once you have your findings, you'll learn to develop concrete arguments about issues facing contemporary society in a confident matter. You'll also take part in a work placement where you'll have the chance to work in local authorities, third sector organisations and other NGOs to develop your professional experience.

Build your hands-on practical skills

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 also help you find your placement and give you the support you need to complete a winning application.

Get the support you need to succeed

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 post-graduate career options, our sociology degree opens up opportunities in the public, private and voluntary sectors.

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What will you study on the BA Sociology?

You will gain a thorough grounding in the major concepts and themes in contemporary fundamentals of sociology (the founding discipline of the social sciences). Focused on aspects of society through a global and historical context, you will develop your sociological knowledge and expertise. You will also choose from modules in your second and third year which focus in depth on specific areas of enquiry, such as Race, Ethnicity and Nation; and Media and Society. You will also select a research topic for your final year dissertation, based on your interests.


  • Year 1

    • Understanding Contemporary Society: Issues and Debates (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module provides an introduction for first year sociology and criminology students to the study of contemporary society. The module engages key issues and debates that constitute the subject matter, while introducing the themes and perspectives that inform social inquiry. You will also engage with core approaches to understanding contemporary society and the social relations that comprise it.

    • Thinking Sociologically (30 credits) - Compulsory

      Thinking Sociologically considers sociology as a scientific enterprise with its own distinctive ways of viewing and understanding social life, from the intimate and personal, to the more impersonal relationships between individuals, groups, and nations. Combining sociological theory and practical investigation, you will learn how living amongst others shapes our understanding of ourselves and others, as well as our everyday thoughts and actions. Thinking Sociologically also teaches us that things which appear inevitable or unalterable, can be open to change and transformation. This creates the possibility of successfully managing our personal life and the collective life we share with others.

    • Doing Things Together: Exploring Social Practices (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module equips students with key sociological tools to explore social experience, or ‘doing things together’. With particular reference to the lives of young people, it explores key transformations at work in contemporary social life, including individualisation, processes of inclusion and exclusion, transformations in socialisation, changing experiences of self hood and embodiment, together with new forms of power. It does so through focusing each week on a social practice, from diet and eating together to contemporary social questions such as health and power to new forms of digital collaborations.

    • Skills and Methods (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to instruct students in the skills required for undertaking an undergraduate degree in sociology and to introduce the basic components of social science research. Different research methods and approaches as well as more general study skills and communication skills will be covered. Students will also engage in a reflective process of finding their own voice as students of sociology: what do I care about, what does sociology have to do with me?

  • Year 2

    • Approaches to Research in the Social Sciences (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to develop your evaluative abilities regarding quantitative and qualitative research methodologies as well as to introduce you to the underlying philosophical and ethical principles of social research. It aims to make clear the links between theory, method and data, to define what data is within different research paradigms and the various ways of generating and analysing it, and to understand and critique published research. Emphasis is placed on developing awareness and critique of secondary sources. The module also aims to prepare you for the development of a proposal for the final year dissertation project. Throughout the module, you will apply the various components of research methods to the specific subject of the programme you are studying.

    • Contemporary Social Theory (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module develops your understanding of sociological theory by focusing on the key theories and ideas that have emerged from the late 20th to early 21st century. Specifically, it aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of the continuities and discontinuities within sociological theory during this period, and to explore the influences of classical and early modern sociological theory within contemporary sociological theory and debates. Throughout the module each of the theoretical approaches and ideas will be applied to contemporary social issues, thus underlining the relevance of the sociological imagination to an understanding of different features and social transformations which have occurred within the global world today.

    • State, Society and Globalisation (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module takes as its focus the transformations of institutions, relations, experiences and identities brought about by the forces of globalisation. With a particular focus on political sociology, it examines the relationship between the contemporary nation-state and the forces of change operating above, below and alongside the state. The module explores the nature, dynamics and transformations of the state, and its relationship to society, in a globalising context also associated with important social changes in the fields of mobility, culture, the media, religion and security. You will gain the theoretical, conceptual and methodological tools to evaluate the implications of globalisation for understanding the nature of, and relationship between, state and society in the contemporary era.

    • A sociology of Popular Culture (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module explores the meanings, nature, forms and implications of popular culture. Drawing upon a range of theoretical frameworks and research methodologies, the module examines key domains of popular cultural production, with a view to understanding the ways in which these domains have been informed by the (re)production and (re)presentation of difference and identity. The module will explore popular culture both as an object of sociological enquiry and as a medium for representing and understanding social life. Specifically, the module aims to develop students’ knowledge and understanding of popular culture as a domain of social life imbued with social, cultural, economic and political meaning, and to equip students with the skills necessary to analyse such forms of cultural production.

  • Year 3

    • Sociology Dissertation (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to synthesize learning from your Sociology degree providing an opportunity for you to study independently and investigate a topic in depth. It fosters academic curiosity, an inquiry based approach, the employment and application of research knowledge and skills thus facilitating the development of a higher level of theorising. You will select a topic of personal interest you wish to study in-depth and manage your own learning with the support of an allocated supervisor for this period of independent study.

  • Year 3 optional modules - choose three modules from the following:

    • Media, Communication, Society (30 credits) - Optional

      This module develops your critical understanding of media, communication and society. In particular, it explores different aspects of the development of media and communication within a networked global world, media institutions and the economic, political, cultural and social consequences of media concentration and convergence; media audiences and effects; media as a institution and instrument of state and state policy; and various issues and debates related to the role of the media in societies. The module also looks at the development of new media technologies as providing alternative and oppositional opportunities and perspectives; as an autonomous public sphere; as a key mobilising resource used by collective movements and protest groups to challenge dominant ideological and hegemonic representations and common sense understandings of the world. This module will be of interest to those interested in examining the role of different media and media institutions in a transnationally communicative world.

    • Violence and Society (30 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to critically explore and understand violence in all its angles and meanings and from a global perspective - from personal violence, domestic violence and gender violence, to systemic violence and violence perpetrated by the state and its apparatus, from the street violence of riots and political radicalism to the inherent violence of globalisation, capitalism, fundamentalism and language. You will be offered the opportunity to develop a critical knowledge of a number of issues related to violence and to locate them both within a national and a global perspective.

    • Social Movements, Conflict and Change (30 credits) - Optional

      This module provides you with the knowledge and skills to develop an in-depth understanding of the sociology of contentious politics. The emphasis of the module is on the social context in which social movements arise to articulate and address the problems and conflicts of their time. You will be introduced to the main theoretical and conceptual approaches to the study of social conflict and social change in an historical context, as well as the epistemological and methodological issues that pertain to the study of social transformation. The module culminates in a focus on the contemporary context of the global financial crisis and the social conflicts that have arisen in its wake.

    • Gender, Sexuality and Society (30 credits) - Optional

      This module explores gender and sexuality studies and relates theoretical debates to contemporary issues around this area. Drawing upon a range of theoretical frameworks, and the ways in which gender and sexuality have been positioned within the social sciences, this module will begin by exploring the history of feminism and its impacts on gender and sexuality studies, and continue looking at specific examples of issues related to gender and sexuality on a national and international level. Specifically, the module aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of gender and sexuality studies, recognising the important role that gender and sexuality have in regulating social life and beliefs.

    • Migration and Citizenship (30 Credits) - Optional

      This module will provide a critical understanding of contemporary migratory processes, migrant communities and experiences and issues of citizenship. It will also provide an understanding of the sources and methods appropriate to the study of migration and migrant communities.

    • Demography and Ageing Society (30 Credits) - Optional

      This module is designed to introduce students with an insight into how demographic change (for example, population distribution, age structure, labour force participation and ethnic composition) reshapes the local as well as the global societies and their implications on economy, health, politics and overall development. The module also aims to explore current debates about ageing populations as well as to understand issues affecting individual older people. A key focus is the crucial relationship between old age and the welfare state, to a large extent concerned with the provision of support to older people. In addition, the module will assist students developing their knowledge by gathering demographics, information literacy, problem solving, ability to present explanations, written communication, critical thinking, citizenship and responsibility for the state in 21st century.

    • The Family in Islam and Muslim Societies(30 Credits) - Optional

      The family represents the foundation of Muslim society. Vast part of the ‘legalistic’ voice of the Qur’an addresses family-related concerns and mores. To Muslims worldwide the Prophet Muhammad and his family are both source of every-day life inspiration and root to religious-political sectarianism. It is through family life that Islamic practices and customs are transmitted from one generation to the next. In the West, the habits and inner dynamics of family relations of Muslim minority communities are often scrutinised, with consequences in shaping the way in which Islam as a religion is perceived among non-Muslims. The aim of this module is to use the family as a lens through which we can attain an in-depth understanding of Islam as a religion and critically appreciate the actions and practices that inform the life of Muslims, according to the varied social contexts in which they live. Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world today and one that has taken centre stage as the dominant theme in debates on most aspects of current world affairs. A rigorous, objective and comprehensive understanding of Islam is therefore a necessary tool for a comprehensive appraisal of events and ideas shaping the times in which we live. Through a rigorous exploration of theories and practices of family life this module offers students the opportunity to gain advanced knowledge of the history, teachings and practices of Islam from a dispassionate, critical yet objective, non-denominational perspective

    • Integrated Learning and Work Placement (30 credits) - Optional

      This practical experience module provides the means for students to link academic work with the 'real world' situation in order to conceptualise the meaning of theory in the wider world context. This module facilitates the embedding of transferable and graduate skills necessary for future career paths and employment. It is envisaged the student will reflect upon areas of knowledge relevant to the placement learning experience and develop personal knowledge through a review of their learning. The placement learning experience provides for two types of placement; standard placements and project based placements. The placement experience provides students with the opportunity to enhance their skills of self-expression, communication, self reliance and co-operation. Students will also engage in risk assessment.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. 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.

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How can the BA Sociology support your career?

Sociology has a high and well established profile within higher education and offers a wider range of post-graduation employment prospects than many other academic disciplines. Career destinations include research, liaison and other positions in the public sector at local and national levels, in voluntary organisations and in the private sector.

What support is available?

Our Employability Service will help you to develop skills desired by top employers and gain valuable work experience. We provide workshops, events and one-to-one support with job hunting, writing your CV and cover letters, interview coaching and advice on how to network effectively. We also support you in securing part-time work, placements, internships, and volunteering opportunities, and offer an enterprise support service for those looking to start their own business.

  • Icram Serroukh

    Sociology and Psychology BA student

    I believe that the fantastic lecturers I've had along with all the extra curricular activities I've participated in at Middlesex have helped me to educate myself and broaden my abilities. One of the most enjoyable things about the course has been the variety of modules offered. They have opened my mind and allowed me to start viewing the world and society in a more analytical manner. I've learnt many new things and have managed to do so independently whilst furthering my imagination.

    My dissertation project has been one of the pieces of work I'm most proud of, even if it has also been the most challenging. The sense of achievement after completing it has made it worthwhile. Once I graduate I would love to teach sociology to others and inspire them in the same way I have been.

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