In Year 1
you will take either four introductory modules (single honours) or three
(combined honours) which will expose you to the fundamentals of sociological
analysis. We will explore topics such as social diversity and inequalities and
key social transformations characterising contemporary societies. You will be
introduced to important methodological approaches and issues shaping
You can decide for yourself how to build on this basis of
sociological knowledge by choosing from a range of modules in Year 2
covering such topics as global social change, 'race' and ethnicity, gender
relations, work and employment and health and illness . You will also learn and
develop key sociological methods and techniques and apply these in real life
social research contexts.
In Year 3
you may choose to take honours modules in Sociology including topics such as
social theory, human rights, racialised identities,
migration, intimate relations and crime and disorder. In your final year you
will also have the opportunity to prepare a specialist study on a topic of your
choice if you choose the optional dissertation module.
As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you can choose from may vary from those shown here.
Compulsory for both single and combined honours:
- Social Differences and Divisions
- Foundations of Social Theory
- Researching the Social World
Compulsory for single honours:
- Contemporary Societies: Structure and Change (also recommended for combined honours)
Years 2 and 3
- Gender and Society
- Race, Ethnicity and Exclusion
- Global Sociology
- Sociology of Work
- State and Society in Europe
- The Social World of Childhood
- Understanding Europe: History, Culture and Political Economy
- Educational Inequalities: Schooling and Youth
- Racialised Identities in Super-Diverse Societies
- Sociology of Health and Illness
- The Political Sociology of Crime and Disorder
- Theorising Society
- Sociology of Migration
- The Theory and Practice of Human Rights
- Gendering Intimate Relations
- Independent Study in Sociology
- Sociology Dissertation or Interdisciplinary Dissertation
Modules in detail » Module diagrams »
You will have the opportunity to study abroad for one or two semesters as part of our study exchange programme. The credits
you earn while studying abroad will be counted toward your degree. Sociology has Erasmus links with Gothenburg University
in Sweden and the Free University in Amsterdam.
Studying abroad provides an amazing opportunity to add value to your studies by:
- increasing your employability within an international market
- boosting your language skills
- building your confidence in adapting to new situations
- improving your knowledge of different cultures.
Tuition fees are paid as they would be if you remained in the UK, either to Oxford Brookes via your Student Loan or directly
to Oxford Brookes according to your preference.
You will be responsible for all other costs such as accommodation, purchasing your airfares, travel and health insurance
and visas. Funding is available through the Erasmus scheme, and also via some international programmes such as the
Santander Student Awards.
For more information, visit our pages on
studying abroad and exchanges.
Free language courses for students - the Open Module
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.
Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:
- studying at a Brookes partner college
- studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.
We do not expect students to purchase any compulsory course books, as they are all available in the library. If students wish to purchase additional books to supplement their reading, this is at their own discretion.
On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published
on the website. For more information, please visit our
Changes to programmes