BA (Hons) Sociology

Key information

Why choose this course?

  • Benefit from our location and industry connection to increase your employability
  • Tailor your learning to fit your unique interests
  • Explore issues that shape the 21st century with an activist approach

Are you passionate about understanding and addressing issues affecting our society? 

This course will equip you with the tools to make a significant difference to the world around you at the local, national and global level. You’ll continue to build your knowledge throughout the degree and will be able to pursue your own particular pathway of interests. 

Our research-informed, industry-experienced academic team will infuse your learning experience with their expertise in areas such as health and social care, politics, popular culture, migration, education, crime and law. 

You will graduate with a highly sought-after range of transferable skills and insights into how society works. Our existing industry connections alongside our dedicated Careers and Employment team will offer you support to help kickstart your career. 

With our favourably located campus, you will benefit from good access to resources and opportunities within Hertfordshire and in London. You’ll be exposed to a wider range of possibilities to explore in both social and professional capacities. 

What's the course about?

This BA (Hons) Sociology course has a thread of activism connecting all modules. It provides you with an in-depth and practically applied grasp of the theories, methods and subjects of sociology. You'll cover a vast array of topical areas, including migration, crime, health, social policy, the climate emergency, contemporary social movements, and constructions of gender, ‘race’ and sexuality. 

With a focus on current social issues, you will develop your skills in critical and creative thinking. You will explore both traditional and cutting-edge aspects of sociology that will shape you into a knowledgeable and skilled graduate who is able to put their passion for social change into practice in a variety of fields. 

Your main campus is de Havilland

You’ll share this campus with students from business, law, sport, education, and humanities subjects. The student housing is close to our Sports Village which includes a gym, swimming pool and climbing wall. You can get breakfast, lunch, or dinner in our on-campus restaurant or bar (in the newly built Enterprise Hub) on days you don’t feel like cooking. You can also use the common room to play pool, video games or just to hang out with friends.  Our Learning Resources Centres are open 24/7, which means you can study whenever suits you best. Want to pop over to the other campus? You can take the free shuttle bus or walk there in just 15 minutes.  

What will I study?

Teaching will be delivered through a mix of face-to-face and online learning and will vary according to the characteristics of each module. Workshops are used for modules where practical skills taught are taught enhanced by the supervision of experts, but there are also seminars and lectures. This course is 100% coursework based. Assessments will include traditional essays, critical news analysis, group projects, annotated source assignments and manifestos, and drafting critical policy papers. 

In your first year, you’ll get a secure grounding in necessary skills and knowledge, including core topics in sociology. You’ll build your understanding of the world around you and how you fit into it. By engaging in carefully curated practical exercises, you’ll learn to gather and analyse data efficiently, and communicate you research to different audiences. 

In your second year, you will develop your skills further by engaging with ‘real-world’ scenarios and applying critical analysis to contemporary culture and society. You’ll have increased flexibility to pursue your specific interests within the world of sociology. You will also have the option to add on a beginner’s language aimed specifically at social sciences, with the option to choose from French, German, Spanish, Mandarin or Japanese. 

In your final year, you will take the core module, you will be able to specialise in a specific area of interest. The modules you choose will build upon the skills from the previous years and will give you opportunity to complete your degree with an understanding of where your own values might take you in the next stage of your life. You will also have the option to work on a final year project where you will be able to carry out sustained research on a sociological subject of their own choice, supported by a supervisor. As a culmination of all three years of study, you will conclude your degree having gained a deeper understanding of how social change and activism, can be achieved in a professional context. 

A BA (Hons) Sociology and Psychology degree is also available, giving you an opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of key areas and research skills in both displines.