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Sociology BA (Hons) 2017/18 entry

Clearing 2017

Clearing places available on this course

We have limited places available on this course through Clearing. Contact us to discuss your options:

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Reasons to make us your clearing choice

  • No. 12 UK University - The Guardian University Guide 2018
  • Awarded Gold in the Teaching and Excellence Framework (TEF)
  • 1st for overseas student experiences in 2015/16 - HESA 2017
  • UK’s top new university - The Guardian and the Complete University Guides 2018
Course code:

L300

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years sandwich

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2017

 

Fees:
Faculty:

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For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 2222


Overview

Do you consider yourself to have an inquisitive mind? This sociology course encourages you to look at the world in different ways.

How do societies develop and why are they so often characterised by inequality? Can we ever achieve an equal society? In what ways do social structures limit or determine individual action? This course seeks to understand and answer these complex issues as they relate to modern British society and beyond.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

What our students say...

Studying Sociology has given me advanced critical and analytical skills both in qualitative and quantitative data.

Jessica Beaumont

Course information

This degree aims to explore how societies develop and change and the role of individuals in relation to social groups, institutions and global forces.

You’ll have opportunities to analyse the pressing issues of modern day society, not just in Britain, but throughout the world, including: globalisation, development, modernity, postmodernity, inequality and social exclusion, work-life balance, sex, sexuality, families, intimacy and gender relations.

100%

of our students are satisfied with the quality of the course

NSS, 2016

Course Specification
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Modules

Overview

In your first year you will develop a general understanding of sociology, examining concepts of society, social issues, theory and policy.

Modules

  • Race and Racism: Historical and Sociological Perspectives

  • Understanding Society

  • Gender and Society

  • Social Issues and Social Policy

  • Introduction to Media and Society

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

In your second year you will broaden your understanding of social theory and social phenomena, acquire social research training and further specialise in specific subject areas of your choice such as gender, race and ethnicity or social class.

Modules

  • A Graduate Career

  • Researching Social Life

  • Tradition and Controversy in Social theory

  • Sex, Sexuality, Power and Oppression

  • Global Inequality and Development

  • Optional modules

    1 from the following:

    • People Politics in Britain 1800-2000
    • Contemporary British Government
    • Leisure, Consumption and Tourism
    • Identity, Selfhood and Personal Relationships

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

After your second year, you then have the option to apply for a year abroad or a placement.

Overview

Your final year will allow you to strengthen your knowledge on core topics and complete a dissertation in your own area of expertise and interest.

Modules

  • Social Divisions

  • Family Life and Social Change

  • Dissertation

  • Optional modules

    2 from the following:

    • Work and Society
    • Media, Culture and Communication
    • Family Life and Social Change
    • Field Trip Module
    • Bodies, Power and Cultural Politics
    • Race and Resistance in the United States

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

12th

Coventry University has climbed the rankings again to 12th in the UK Guardian University Guide 2018

In more detail...

  • An international curriculum and the options of an overseas field trip, study abroad or an overseas placement.
  • Talks from guest speakers, events and conferences featuring national and international politicians and dignitaries.
  • Placement opportunities with local authorities and community, health and welfare settings (subject to application).
  • Activities and events set up by the History, International Relations, Politics and Sociology Society (HIPSOC), a society created and run by the students of the department.
  • Access to an experienced, open and friendly team of lecturers who employ a wide variety of teaching methods and are actively engaged in research which they aim to bring into their teaching.

We enjoy links with national and local employers including the Refugee Centre and Citizens Advice Bureau.

The course is regularly reviewed and updated to reflect current social issues, debates and new developments in the social sciences.

Your course will be based on a series of lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, online discussions as well as web-based and multimedia activities. There are opportunities to take part in debates, attend talks with invited guest speakers and join an overseas field trip.

In addition, your personal tutor will review and discuss your progress with you and will be available for advice.

An estimated percentage breakdown of how your final grade is assessed is as follows: some modules will based on 50% coursework and 50% examinations, and others will be coursework only. 

A compulsory Add+vantage module must also be completed.

In a typical week you will have up to 14 contact hours of teaching and this will break down as:

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 1 hour of small group or individually guided work each week.
  • Medium group teaching: 5 hours of seminars, tutorials and workshops each week.
  • Large group teaching: 8 hours of lectures, online discussions and web-based activities each week.

In addition, you will be expected to undertake 23 hours each week studying and revising in your own time.

One of the main features of this course is that it is international in focus. Lecturers come from all over the world and have expertise in global issues, global development and comparative sociology. There are opportunities for overseas field trips and study or placements abroad.

The department hosts events with visiting lecturers from around the globe together with international film and social events.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2015/16, we were able to provide a total of 2101 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 76% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 23% from postgraduate travel.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni


2,101

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2015/16



16,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far


21

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

What our students say...

Studying Sociology has given me advanced critical and analytical skills both in qualitative and quantitative data.

Jessica Beaumont

Clearing places available on this course

During Clearing, the tariff points for this course may change. Clearing tariff points will be published 14th August.

Know your results? See if we could offer you a place

Waiting for results day? Visit our Clearing pages for advice

What our students say...

Studying Sociology has given me advanced critical and analytical skills both in qualitative and quantitative data.

Jessica Beaumont

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.

Starts

Fee


September 2017

£9,250 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship.

Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2017

£9,250 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


September 2017

£11,927 (per year)


Course essentials at no extra cost

We're committed to communicating study costs clearly to make sure you're not faced with having to make any unexpected payments.

This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following:

UK field trips

Any mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom.

Key material

This can include core textbooks, software and equipment.

Laser prints

1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.

Optional year

Pay no tuition fees for optional work placements or study abroad trips.

The following are additional costs not included in the fees:

  • Any optional overseas field trips or visits: £400+ per trip

What our students say...

Studying Sociology has given me advanced critical and analytical skills both in qualitative and quantitative data.

Jessica Beaumont

Career prospects

During this course you should learn analytical and problem-solving skills as well as learning how to work in groups and individually.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University's Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities have their own Creative Futures unit provides a programme of workshops, embedded learning, lectures, professional experience and one-to-one guidance to help you develop the transferable skills and enterprising habits required for a successful career.

90%

of our graduates are in work or further study six months after the course

DHLE 2014/15

Where our graduates work

Recent graduates are now employed in the private sector in industries ranging from banking and finance to media, and across the public sector in education, the civil service, police forces, local authorities, charities and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs).

£18k

Our graduates earn an average salary of £18,000 six months after the course (DHLE 2014/15)

What our students say...

Studying Sociology has given me advanced critical and analytical skills both in qualitative and quantitative data.

Jessica Beaumont
Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place with us, a Student Contract (“the Contract”) will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail all of your rights and also the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will also contain all of the obligations that the University owes to you.  We would encourage you to read the Student Contract before you accept any offer of a place at the University. A copy of the Contract can be found here.