Entry RequirementsUCAS Tariff - 300 points, from:GCE A and AS-level Tariff points typically from 3 A-levels together with either 1 AS-level or Extended Project Qualification (typical offer BCC plus a C in either an AS or EPQ). General Studies/Critical Thinking accepted.Irish Tariff points from 5 subjects.Scottish Tariff points from 3 Advanced Highers plus 1 Higher.Advanced Diploma Tariff points in Society, Health and Development, including an A-level for Additional and Specialist Learning.BTEC ND DDM in a related subject.IB Diploma 31 points.Access Pass, including at least 50% of units with Merit or Distinction.
For all of the above, 5 GCSEs or equivalent at Grade C or above are also required, to include English.Course AimsSociologists are concerned with developing theories that explain the changing nature of social behaviour in their own and other societies. The kinds of question with which they are concerned are: what is society? How and why is it changing? What are the opportunities for future change and development?
The earliest sociologists tried to understand the major issues of their time - poverty, unemployment, social conflict, and the social and economic consequences of rapid and profound industrial and economic change. Sociologists today continue to examine how such social issues are redefined by contemporary processes of individualisation, globalisation and the rapid growth of new forms of communication.
Within this broad framework, a central theme of Sociology at Brunel is the study of the development of techno-cultural phenomena such as science, technology, and environmental issues which straddle traditional conceptual distinctions between the social, the natural, the technical and the material.
Among the more specific interests of Brunel sociologists are, for example, the social construction of science and technology, social theory, celebrity culture, the influence the media, environmental risk, feminist virtual society, media regulation, and language and social interaction. These various interests strongly reflect the options available in the third level of the course.
This degree is designed for highly motivated students with a keen interest in all aspects of human behaviour and society. You will develop specific skills in the practical methods associated with sociology and will explore in-depth major issues and approaches within this and related disciplines. This is a broad-based degree which enables students to specialise in areas which particularly fascinate them.Course ContentThis course provides a stimulating and wide-ranging introduction to the theories, methods and findings of sociology and social theory, and offers opportunities for specialisation in particular areas, such as health and illness, deviance, the sociology of the environment, social theory and philosophy, the media and culture, race and gender, and the sociology of science and knowledge.Level 1 will introduce you to the main themes in the social sciences.
Media, Culture and Society
Introduction to Social and Cultural Research
Introduction to Social Enquiry
Introduction to Sociology
Individual and Social Processes
At Level 2, you will take modules in sociological theory, methods and contemporary social institutions. You can also follow modules chosen from the other social sciences.
Research in Practice
Work and Society
Sociology of Everyday Life: Issues in contemporary culture
Plus 40 credits from:
Media, Culture and Representation
Ethnography of the Contemporary World
Sex and Gender
At Level 3, you choose a variety of options including sociology of risk and the environment, children and social competence, and celebrities, representation and power.
City Lives: Bodies, Spaces and Interaction
Comedy, Culture and the Media
Crime, Deviance and Addiction
Health and the New Politics of Protest
The Age of New MediaTeaching and LearningOur approach
We pursue excellence in both teaching and research. Our aim is to produce degree programmes which combine innovative and classical teaching methods with leading-edge research, and which recognise the value of practical work experience in the learning process. We take great pride in both the quality of teaching and the extensive pastoral care of our students.Staff expertiseAll members of the academic staff are actively engaged in research and many have international reputations in their field. Their innovative findings feed into your courses to ensure that teaching is up-to-date. We have an unusually strong concentration of sociologists who specialise in the study of issues related to science, technology and the environment. How will I be taught?The course is taught through a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical laboratory sessions and small group projects.Lectures - Most modules involve one or two hours of lectures a week. These provide a broad overview of key concepts and ideas relating to your course and provide you with a framework from which to carry out more in depth study.Seminars - These relatively small groups (3-15 students) are used to discuss the content of lectures and issues arising from the modules. Seminars are often student-led. You can use seminars to clarify your own ideas in an atmosphere of discussion and debate.Laboratory/research work - All students take part in practical modules. In the first year you will experience the similarities and contrasts between methods of enquiry used in psychology, sociology and social anthropology. The investigative methods used in projects include observation, interviewing, questionnaire design, psychological testing, experimentation and more specific research techniques. As you progress through the course, direction by staff over the design and implementation of projects is reduced.One-to-one - You will get one-to-one supervision on your final year dissertation and at all levels you will have a personal tutor who is available to discuss personal and academic problems. When you go on placement, you will also be allocated a work placement tutor who will monitor your progress and provide further support if you need it. Lecturers are usually available to answer particular queries outside of scheduled hours - either in one-to-one tutorials or by email.AssessmentLevel 1 does not count towards your final degree mark but you must pass this level to continue with your course. Level 2 is worth a third - Level 3 is worth the rest. The final year dissertation is worth a third of Level 3 marks.
Methods of assessment vary and depend on which modules you select. Some courses are assessed on coursework only, some by (seen or unseen) examination only, and some by a combination of the two.CareersSociologists are in increasing demand in many sectors in social welfare and policy, in local government and administration, in medicine, in education and research, and in industry. If you are thinking of a career in any of these fields, it may also be possible to select work experience in these areas.
There are also openings available in business, particularly marketing and advertising, management, media, and recruitment. Knowledge and understanding of statistics and research skills are particularly useful assets in the job market. Sociology students can be found in a diverse range of careers, including computing, consultancy, lobbying, teaching, campaigning and fundraising, to name just a few.Transferable skillsWe aim to produce graduates who will have a number of skills that are key to the contemporary employment market:
1.A solid training in the skills, methods and perspectives relevant to thinking critically about contemporary social processes;
2.An ability to relate the discipline of sociology to real world problems and concerns in such a way as to facilitate and enhance critical social practice;
3.A grounding in the new information and communications technologies. Facts and FiguresSchool of Social SciencesPsychology, sociology, anthropology and communications together constitute the Social Sciences at Brunel, and we offer a wide range of BSc courses across these subject areas.
The focus of study is upon all aspects of human behaviour: its personal, social and cultural dimensions. We have a strong research reputation that enhances all our undergraduate teaching, with particular expertise in areas such as: neuropsychology; psychoanalysis; developmental psychology; social psychology; contemporary social structure and social change; the role of science and the media; ethnicity and kinship; and power, inequality and prejudice in modern societies. All of our academic staff are actively engaged in research and many have international reputations in their field.
We provide a stimulating introduction to the social sciences by teaching a broad base of cross-disciplinary modules in the first year. Thereafter, you specialise increasingly in your particular disciplines.
Our courses will help you to develop specific skills in the practical methods associated with your discipline, including ethnographic fieldwork. A full range of laboratory and technical facilities is used in the teaching of experimental psychology, video production, psychophysics and the use of information technology.