Sociology (BA (Hons))

University of Kent the United Kingdom

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The award
BA (Hons)

How long you will study
3 Years

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Course starts
September

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About Sociology at University of Kent

Investigate complex social issues, explore theoretical positions within sociology and develop the ability to collect, manipulate and interpret data. You examine the social institutions that govern us, discover what you think should change and search for ways to make a real difference in tomorrow’s world.  Reasons to study a Sociology degree at Kent Study and work with world-leading experts in the social sciences on an interdisciplinary course that will give you a global perspective.Received the highest score for research quality in the UK in The Times Good University Guide 2022.The wide range of modules available means you can tailor your studies to your interests.Spend time abroad at one of our partner institutions.Graduate with the transferable knowledge and skills you need to succeed in your career.Extend your skills by adding quantitative research to your degree.Join the SSPSSR student society Socrates to enhance your CV. What you’ll learn You’ll develop a deep understanding of contemporary social issues and the social processes that influence relationships between individuals, groups and institutions. You’ll acquire a broad knowledge of the key concepts, debates and theoretical approaches that highlight the impact of diversity and inequality on the local and national communities. You’ll have a wide range of modules to choose from, so that you can develop expertise in areas of particular interest to you. You’ll also develop your research skills so that you can design, plan and deliver original research, which could be related directly to your career path, giving you a competitive edge as you look to realise your ambitions. See the modules you’ll study

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.

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

You gain knowledge and understanding of:

  • a range of key sociological concepts and empirically based arguments and data
  • the social processes that shape contemporary society and the relationships between individuals, group and social institutions
  • patterns of social diversity and inequality and their origins and consequences
  • the nature and appropriate use of diverse social research strategies and methods
  • how sociological knowledge can be used to evaluate social and public policy
  • the similarities and differences between the British and Finnish versions of modern society.

Intellectual Skills

You develop the following intellectual abilities:

  • the application of knowledge in analysing complex social issues
  • research skills, including the ability to identify a research question and to collect, manipulate and interpret data
  • an understanding and appreciation of different theoretical positions and schools of thought within sociology
  • the ability to formulate and sustain a complex argument which is supported with appropriate evidence
  • appreciation of a variety of normative and cultural positions.

Subject-specific skills

You gain subject-specific skills in the following:

  • the ability to communicate information and argument
  • the ability to plan research
  • the ability to use and apply sociological theories and concepts in an argument
  • the ability to express and evaluate the value and ethical dimensions of sociological practice
  • the ability to reformulate social issues from the standpoint of sociological analysis.

Transferable skills

You gain transferable skills in the following:

  • problem-solving in a variety of situations
  • the ability to effectively communicate theoretical and empirical material and arguments through written and oral modes, including use of illustrative and supportive material such as overheads and computer-aided presentations
  • learning and study, information retrieval, communication and information technology, group work, and time planning and management.

The programme aims to:

  • be compatible with widening participation in higher education by offering a wide variety of entry routes
  • produce graduates with analytical and knowledge-based skills relevant to employment in the professions, public service and private sector
  • provide a broad knowledge of the key concepts, debates and theoretical approaches that inform the discipline of sociology
  • promote an understanding of contemporary social issues and the impact of diversity and inequality on local and national communities
  • provide an understanding of the social processes that influence the relationship between individuals, groups and institutions
  • develop problem-solving skills and an understanding of the nature and appropriate use of research methods used in sociological research
  • teach students key writing, research and communications skills.

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  • The awardBA (Hons)How you will study find outHow long you will study3 years
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Notes about fees for this course

Full Time UK/EU: TBC EUR | Full Time Overseas: TBC EUR

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