Are we living in a ‘broken society’? What new forms of cultural identity are emerging? What are the effects of globalisation on cultural, economic and political life?

Answering questions such as these is the challenge of our era.  In addition to the ‘big picture’ social theories we place a strong emphasis on developing social science research skills – so valued by employers – with research methods training in each year. This culminates in a final year dissertation where you research and write an extended piece on a topic of your own choice, with the support of an expert supervisor. 

This course provides the knowledge and skills to critically engage issues such as globalisation, the changing nature of work and the family, gender roles and sexuality, multiculturalism, the impact of the media and information technologies, and new forms of politics.

You will be given a broad grounding in the major approaches to the discipline, with emphasis on the cultivation of research skills. Your degree will culminate in a dissertation on a topic of your choice. This reflects our view that you should be doing Sociology, not just reading about it, from the very start of your degree.

    

Why Sociology at Newcastle?

As a Newcastle Sociology graduate you will be well equipped for your chosen career or further study. In particular you will have gained:

  • Critical ability – to read, absorb and assess complex ideas and arguments about the contemporary world
  • Research skills – practical experience of designing and conducting research, including interviews, questionnaires and developing core skills to understand information
  • Presentational skills – to present your ideas and research in appropriate formats
  • The capacity to work alone or in groups – you will have gained experience of independent study and research as well as working, solving problems and debating ideas with others

Institutional Accreditation 

University of Newcastle is accredited by the DETC Higher Learning Commission (DETC), www.detc.org.uk Since , University of Newcastle has been continually accredited by the DETC Higher Learning Commission and its predecessor.

BA Sociology

Course Level:

Undergraduate, Single Honours

Credits 

120

Course

CODE U553

How long it takes:

Undergraduate (3 Years)

Study Mode:

Distance learning/ Campus

Course cost

Price: US$20,220

Entry requirements

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Department:

Newcastle Law School

The programme has been carefully designed to advance your skills and knowledge each year: from broad, introductory level modules in the first year to specialist options and a substantial piece of independent research in the final year.

Each year there is a balance between compulsory modules in the ‘core’ parts of the discipline (eg, theory and methods) and the chance for you to develop your own pathway with a range of specialist choices in and outside of Sociology. 

  

Modules in the first year

In your first year you will be introduced to degree level sociology through Social Worlds and the Sociological Imagination, gain an understanding of stratification through Social Divisions, and learn the basics of research design and methods. In addition, you can select optional courses from a wide range of modules in or outside the department (for example, languages, politics, psychology, economics, social policy, history or African studies).

Core modules

  • The Sociological Imagination
  • Social Research I Part 1
  • Social Research I Part 2
  • Introduction to Social Divisions
  • Sociology of Everyday Life
  • Crime and Society
  • Social Problems and Social Policy: Social Science in Action Part I
  • Social Problems and Social Policy: Social Science in Action Part 2 

  

Modules in the second year

The second year builds on these foundations by developing your understanding of Modern Sociological Theory. You will receive more advanced methods training in data analysis and preparation for your final year dissertation. In addition, you can choose from a range of optional modules in or outside the department.

Core modules 

  • Modern Sociological Theory
  • Social Research II

You must choose one of the following modules:

  • Gender and Sexuality
  • ‘Sociology of Race’ and Ethnicity – A Global Perspective
  • Poverty, Class and Inequality

Choose your remaining credits from the following:

  • Self and Society
  • Media and Society
  • Global Societies
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • ‘Sociology of Race’ and Ethnicity – A Global Perspective
  • Punishment in a Global Context
  • Changing Behaviours: A History
  • Comparative Social Policy
  • Managing Health and Social Care
  • Terror, Threat and Security
  • Education, Policy and Social Justice
  • Contemporary Issues in Housing Policy

   

Modules in the final year

The focus of the third year is your independent, supervised dissertation which brings together your research skills on a project defined by you. Your training in key sociological ideas is completed with a module on Contemporary Social Theory, and you can then specialise in the areas of the discipline that interest you most. Our teaching staff, who are active researchers, run options in their own specialist fields including the family, political sociology, celebrity culture, the sociology of technology, religion and society and ethnicity and migration.

If you want to take advantage of a unique opportunity to be supported with a work placement opportunity as part of your final year, this course includes the opportunity to undertake a ‘Professional Development’ module as part of your optional module choices.

Core modules

  • Dissertation
  • Contemporary Social Theory

Optional modules

Choose three from the following:

  • Technology and Society
  • ‘Freedom’, Control and Critique
  • Sociology of Success and Fame
  • Sociology of Film
  • New Migration and Super Diversity
  • Your Money and Your Life: From Welfare State to Personal Finance
  • Harmful Societies: Crime, Social Harm and Social Justice
  • Sociology of Personal Life
  • Divided Publics?
  • Crime and the City
  • Sociology of Health and Illness
  • Quantitave Analysis I
  • Quantitave Analysis II
  • Prospects for Social Policy in the UK
  • Professional Development Module

Entry requirements

 

Applicants should normally have one of the following:

  • A non-law bachelor’s degree (from a US university or recognised by the BSB if you wish to study the BPTC), or
  • A ‘stale’ law degree, where five or more years have elapsed since graduation, or
  • An academic or professional qualification at degree equivalent level

If English is not your first language, you will also need to demonstrate your English Language proficiency. For example, you should have IELTS 7.5 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in all components.

If you intend to become a Solicitor

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has reduced its requirements for pre-authorisation this year. For details of the current arrangements,. You should pay special attention to the Character and Suitability section. 

 

USA,UK & EU students, 2019/20 (per year)

£8,500

International students starting 2019/20 (per year)

£13,100

 

Assessment

You’ll show your progress through a combination of written essays, problem-solving assignments and presentations.

All students take our core modules, but please note that the availability of optional modules is subject to demand.

Your Newcastle degree is evidence of your ability to succeed in a demanding academic environment. Employers target Newcastle students for their drive, diversity, communication and problem-solving skills, their team-working abilities and cultural awareness, and our graduate employment statistics have continued to climb at a rate well above national trends. If you make the most of the wide range of services you will be able to develop your career from the moment you arrive.

  

Careers Network

Preparation for your career should be one of the first things you think about as you start university. Whether you have a clear idea of where your future aspirations lie or want to consider the broad range of opportunities available once you have a Newcastle degree, our Careers Network can help you achieve your goal.

Our unique careers guidance service is tailored to your academic subject area, offering a specialised team (in each of the five academic colleges) who can give you expert advice. Our team source exclusive work experience opportunities to help you stand out amongst the competition, with mentoring, global internships and placements available to you. Once you have a career in your sights, one-to-one support with CV’s and job applications will help give you the edge. In addition, our employer-endorsed award-winning Personal Skills Award (PSA) recognises your extra-curricular activities, and provides an accredited employability programme designed to improve your career prospects.

We also offer voluntary work which complements your studies by helping you gain practical experiences in occupational settings while contributing back to society. This can bring new skills that will be useful throughout your future and can make a positive impact on your learning whilst at university. Volunteering enables you to develop skills such as communication, interpersonal skills, teamwork, self-confidence and self-discipline, all of which can be transferred into your studies.

  

Career opportunities

Our graduates enter a variety of occupations including management training, social and market research, policy and campaigns, the media, law and teaching. The Careers team offer drop in one-to-one advice sessions, web resources and workshops on developing a CV and getting the most out of a social science degree. They invite speakers from different organisations, and Newcastle Sociology graduates, to discuss their career experiences and offer advice on navigating the jobs market.