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On our Sociology degree you will study human social life, groups and societies. And increase your understanding of the social world of the 21st century.
Sociologists focus on many topics, ranging from global social processes to personal relationships. You will analyse social relationships and social institutions.
Our flexible course structure allows you to pursue your own areas of interest. It'll also provide you with a solid foundation in the discipline. And you'll gain a range of personal and professional skills to aid your future career development.
You can attend weekly seminars with guest speakers from other universities, and outside the academic sector. Speakers provide presentations on research themes of interest to Sociology students. The department also publishes an online newsletter which you can take part in.
All our teaching staff are active researchers with strong publication records. So your learning will be underpinned by the latest academic thinking.
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Please note tuition fees for Home/EU students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.
Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning home and EU students at the maximum permitted level.
Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed below.
Learning and assessment
In Year 1 you will take introductory modules on the core theories of sociology (four for single honours and three for combined honours. Introducing you to the fundamentals of sociological analysis, topics include:
- social diversity and inequalities
- key social transformations characterising contemporary societies
- methodological approaches
- issues shaping sociological inquiry.
In Year 2 you can decide how to build on this basis of sociological knowledge by choosing from a range of modules. Topics include:
- global social change
- 'race' and ethnicity
- gender relations
- work and employment
- health and illness
- sociological methods and techniques.
In Year 3 you can take honours modules covering:
- social theory
- human rights
- racialized identities
- sociology of emotions.
In your Final Year you will have the opportunity to do a specialist dissertation on a topic of your choice.
You may be able to go on a European or international study exchange while you are at Brookes. Most exchanges take place in the second year. Although we will help as much as we can with your plans, ultimately you are responsible for organising and funding this study abroad.
After you graduate
A Sociology degree from Oxford Brookes opens up a wide range of career options in the public and private sectors. The University has been recognised for the excellent employment prospects of its graduates.
Recent Sociology graduates have successfully pursued careers in management, international development organisations, research in private firms and in universities, education, local government and social work.
Graduating students have gone on to roles within the British Army, NHS and Oxfam to name a few, and have taken a wide variety of roles from Marketing Officer to Antique Dealing Assistant and from Project Support Intern to Childcare Activity Leader. Many of our graduates are currently engaged in further study in subjects such as Law, Education, Psychology, Religion and Teaching and many of them chose to stay on at Oxford Brookes to do this.
Many Sociology graduates also go on to postgraduate courses in a variety of areas of specialisation. The University careers centre can provide information and advice as you plan your future career path.
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"I enjoyed studying sociology at A-Level and wanted to pursue my interest in the subject. The offer I received from Brookes was good and I was very much encouraged by the tutors I spoke to before I arrive"Read more about Marc
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Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.
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