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BSc Sociology

The course aims to develop theories that explain the changing nature of social behaviour in our own and other societies. We discuss questions such as: 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 sociology’s broad contemporary framework, a central theme of Sociology at Brunel is the study of the development of social change and transformations. Some of the specific interests of Brunel sociologists include:

  • the public sphere
  • social theory
  • celebrity culture
  • the influence of the media
  • media regulation
  • urban spaces
  • multiculturalism
  • comedy cultures
  • sports cultures.

We provide a thorough foundation to sociology and other related subjects in the first year and our staff research interests strongly reflect the options available in Level 3 of the course.

The focus of study is upon all aspects of societal relations: 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: social structures and social change; the role of science and the media; race and ethnicity; 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.

Course Content

Semester 1

  • Media, Culture and Society
  • Introduction to Social and Cultural Research
  • Introduction to Social Enquiry
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Globalisation
  • Popular Culture

Semester 2

  • Research in Practice
  • Social Divisions: difference and resistance
  • Work and Society
  • Sociology of Everyday Life: Issues in contemporary culture
  • Optional Module:
    • Media Genres and Society
    • Ethnicity, Culture and Identity
    • Sociology of Health and Illness
    • Culture, Technology and the Media

Semester 3

  • Sociology Dissertation
  • Optional Module:
    • Comedy, Culture and the Media
    • Body, Media and Society
    • The Age of New Media
    • Forensic Science and Society
    • Sport, Globalisation and International Politics

The function of sociology, as of every science, is to reveal that which is hidden.

Pierre Bourdieu

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Career Pathway

Sociologists are in increasing demand in many sectors in social welfare and policy, in local government and administration, in medicine, in education and research. If you are thinking of a career in any of these fields, it may also be possible to select relevant work experience.

There are also openings available in business, specifically 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.

Entry Requirements (International Students)

  • Secondary School Diploma Overall Grade 70% over 100%.
  • English Language Requirements: IELTS 6.5 (min 5.5 in all bands)
  • 2 Academic Reference Letters
  • Statement of Purpose (Motivation Letter)

Quick Info

  • Bachelor in Sociology
  • £ 14,400 per year
  • 3 years
  • London Campus
  • Language Requirement: IELTS 6.5
  • January - September
  • info@tripaledu.com
  • https://www.brunel.ac.uk

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Fee: £ 4,500 per year

Location: London, UK

Duration: 2 years

Fast-Track: Yes

Student Work Permit: No

Entry Requirement: IELTS UKVI 6.0 (no bands below 5.5)

Start Date: February – April – June – August – October – November

Cheaper Alternative (Bachelor Degree)

This course is a fast-track bachelor degree programme runs over 2 years period with a total cost of £ 7,950 per year.

Fee: £ 7,950 per year

Location: London, UK

Duration: 2 years

Fast-Track: Yes

Student Work Permit: Yes

Entry Requirement: IELTS 6.0 (no bands below 5.5)

Pre-sessional Entry: IELTS UKVI 5.0 (no bands below 5.0, only one 4.5 band is acceptable)

Start Date: January – March – May – July – Septmeber – November