The School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research offers a large choice of specialist modules on race, social change, criminal justice, disability and the arts. Our academics are internationally recognised for their expertise in sociological theory and their varied research gives you the opportunity to study diverse areas ranging from street culture to terrorism. Our academics in Kent’s School of Economics are exciting and innovative teachers who place a particular emphasis on making economics relevant to the real world Our degree programme In your first year, you study the fundamentals of sociology and the principles of economics. You are then introduced to qualitative and quantitative sociological research and learn about the importance of statistics and metrics for economics. During all stages of your studies, you have the opportunity to choose specialist modules that suit your interests and include topics like financial crises, policy analysis, gender, the welfare state, crime, race, violence and work. In your final year of study, there is an option to take a dissertation module on a subject of your choice. This allows you to focus in detail on an area you are particularly passionate about. Study resources You have access to a wide range of topical journals and books in hard copy and digital format through Kent’s Templeman Library. Your designated academic advisor provides guidance for your studies and academic development. Our Student Learning Advisory Service offers useful workshops on topics like essay writing and academic referencing. Extra activities There are a number of student-led societies which you may want to join such as: Socrates Society Feminist Society Economics Society Kent Finance Society. Both the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research and the School of Economics host a variety of events throughout the years which you are encouraged to attend. These may include: research seminars and webcasts career development workshops networking events informal lectures by guest experts followed by group discussion.Sociology
We use a variety of teaching methods, including lectures, case study analysis, group projects and presentations, and individual and group tutorials. Many module convenors also offer additional ‘clinic’ hours to help with the preparation of coursework and for exams.
Our modules are taught by a combination of lectures, seminars, computing practicals, problem sets, debates and role-play games. Our students have praised the organisation and running of our programmes and our efficient assessment arrangements.
Assessment is by a mixture of coursework and examinations; to view details for individual modules click the 'read more' link within each module listed in the course structure.
Knowledge and understanding
For programme aims and learning outcomes please see the programme specification for each subject below. Please note that outcomes depend on your specific module selection: