The University of Wolverhampton

BA (Hons)Sociology

Why choose this course?

The Sociology degree offers you the chance to analyse and understand the complexities of the global world in which we live. During your studies, you will learn about the concepts, theories and methods essential to what we call a ‘sociological imagination’ – that special way of identifying, describing and understanding the nature of social life.

Over the course of your studies, you will develop critical understanding of a range of institutional conditions, cultural processes and social relations, within and across societies. In the course of learning selected ‘social facts’ of society, you will be able to apply those concepts, theories and methods that are unique to this exciting discipline.

Students are encouraged to share knowledge and be enterprising with their ideas in self-directed and cooperative learning activities. You will acquire the skills necessary to gather evidence and apply theories to a range of social issues, and to communicate your ideas through interpersonal and digitally literate ways. At each level of study you are given the opportunity to undertake accredited voluntary work in the local community or a work placement – an experience that broadens your sociological knowledge, deepens your appreciation of civic responsibility and enhances your opportunities for graduate employment.

What happens on the course?

Indicative Course Structure (Info correct on July 2016).

Semester 1 Starters:

Level 4

20

C

4SL005: The Sociological Imagination

4SL009: Introduction to Classical Sociological Theory

C

20

20

C

4CJ003: Thinking about Crime

4SL010: The Media and the Manufacture of Deviance

C

20

20

O

Choose ONE module

4SA007: Introduction to Social Policy

4PO005: Campaigning and Citizenship: Women in Britain and its Empire from 1800 to 1950

4GK006: Success in Higher Education

4WL002 Basic Language

4WL003: Elementary Language

Choose ONE module

4SL011: Volunteering in the Community

4SA008: Contemporary Social Policy

4PO006: Contemporary Capitalism

4GK006: Success in Higher Education

4WL002 Basic Language

4WL003: Elementary Language

O

20

Level 5

20

C

5SL005: Issues and Debates in Sociological Thought

5SL007: Doing Quantitative Research

C

20

20

C

5SL001: Racism, Diversity and difference in the British Context

5SL002: Making Gender

C

20

20

O

Choose One module:

5SA014: Families, Children and the State

5PO006: Contemporary Britain

5HU003: Body, Sexuality and Identity

5WL001: Basic Language

5WL002: Elementary Language

Choose One module:

5SL008: Volunteering in Action

5SA009: Communities in Social Policy

5CJ009: Victims and Offenders

5WL001: Basic Language

5WL002: Elementary Language

O

20

40

O

5SA013: Social Science Placement

(Prohibited combination with 5SL008 and 5LW002)

O

Sandwich Year Placement Module (option):

O

5LW022: Sandwich Year Placement (year out)

(Prohibited combination with 5SL008 and 5SA013)

40

Level 6

Students must take either 6SL003 or 6SL004 in semester 1 or 2.

Students are not permitted to take both 6SL003 and 6SL004

20

C

6SL012: Qualitative Research Methods

6SL002: Global Educational Issues

C

20

20

C

6SL013: The Global World

6SL011: Sociology of Migration

C

20

20

O

Choose One module:

6SL003: Independent Project in Sociology

6SL004: Community link in Sociology

6SL010: Gender and Development in Non-Western Societies

6SA003: Approaches to Poverty and Social Exclusion

6WL001: Intermediate/Advanced Language

Choose One module:

6SL003: Independent Project in Sociology

6SL004: Community Link in Sociology

6CJ005: Contemporary Issues in Criminology

6SA001: Participation and Policy

6SA008 Social Policy of Work and Labour Markets

6WL001: Intermediate/Advanced Language

O

20

Why Wolverhampton?

Taught by experts in their field, you will develop your knowledge and skills through the study of sociological theories and methods, and through application of these important sociological tools to a range of contemporary topics. The teaching team are all active researchers who are eager to share their ideas and practical experiences of ‘doing Sociology,’ which means that you will benefit from a highly relevant and topical programme. To equip you with the practical skills needed for the workplace, you can also undertake community-based learning through placements in voluntary agencies and organisations.

Career path

Sociology graduates are employed in a wide range of careers but with a definite inclination towards work in the public sector and voluntary sectors: in teaching, social research in the civil service and local government, or with think tanks; public sector management; as professional practitioners or working on projects in areas concerning, for example social inequalities and social exclusion. Recent graduates have been employed, for example, as neighbourhood development officers, volunteer management, family support workers, social care workers, housing officers, social inclusion workers and care managers. Graduates are also well equipped to continue their post-graduate studies in Sociology, Education, Teacher Training, Social Care, Social Work.

What skills will you gain?

As a graduate of this course you will be able to demonstrate:

  1. Critically understand a range of theoretical and methodological approaches in Sociology and comprehend the distinctive character of Sociological thought;
  2. Critically review, synthesise, analyse and evaluate a wide range of appropriate evidence in relation to a variety of social theories, and to mobilise a reasoned, sociologically informed argument;
  3. Conduct quantitative and qualitative research in a preliminary way, and communicate findings to a range of audiences using appropriate technologies in digitally literate ways;
  4. Demonstrate a wide range of conceptual and practical skills commensurate with graduate employment, and personal and social development;
  5. Work independently by directing, managing and reflecting upon your learning activities, and to engage cooperatively with others in the planning, preparation and execution of tasks;
  6. Demonstrate a range of conceptual and practical skills commensurate with graduate employment, and an understanding of the importance of equality and diversity in your outlook towards and relationships with others.

Entry requirements

2016 Entry

  • 240-280 UCAS points with a minimum of 180 points from at least two ‘A’ levels
  • BTEC QCF Extended Diploma grade MMM, BTEC QCF Diploma grade DD
  • Access to HE Diploma full award (Pass of 60 credits - of which a minimum of 45 credits must be at level 3 including 18 at Merit or Distinction).
  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
  • Successful completion of the foundation year of our BA (Hons) Law and Social Sciences with Foundation Year guarantees entry on to this course
  • International student language requirements and application guidance can be found at http://www.wlv.ac.uk/international/apply
  • Successful completion of the International Foundation Year in Social Sciences guarantees entry on to this course

Other Requirements

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see http://wlv.ac.uk/mature for further information.

Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.

Course fees and finance

2017/8 Home/EU International
Full time - * £11,475
Part time - *
2016/7 Home/EU International
Full time £9,000 £11,250
Part time # £2,780

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2017/8. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact 01902 321150

These fees are for the current academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

* We are currently unable to confirm these fees.

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

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