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Geography and Sociology

Keele University
4 years
Bachelor's degree
On campus
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Program description

At Keele University, we’re different. Nestled in 600 acres of countryside in the heart of the UK, we have a big campus but a small and cosmopolitan community. We proudly rank 1st for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey for the last three years. This is because it’s more than green and lovely, it’s a place of research and academic excellence too.

At Keele, studying a combined honours degree will include some modules from both of the single honours degrees. In this case, your programme will be made up of a combination of modules from both Geography and Sociology. For the Geography element of the course, you will develop a core foundation in the first year from which you will have the flexibility to pursue a diverse range of specialisms and interests in the second and third years, allowing you to explore your interests within the subject. You'll learn to access and engage with the latest research in which the majority of our staff are engaged; undertake effective fieldwork; utilise a range of methods to collect and analyse qualitative data; plan and undertake research; and use specialist software such as GIS to address geographical problems.

We offer a range of local field excursions, which for many students are the highlight of their learning experience. Our campus provides an ideal venue for some of our work, whilst field courses run locally and overseas provide an opportunity to broaden your horizons. We provide field course routes that incur no additional costs with only some optional trips involving additional charges. You will also have access to excellent computing and laboratory facilities. As a geographer, you'll develop a wide range of transferable and subject specific skills that are highly valued by employers.

For the Sociology element of the course, you will be provided with a grounding in
the core concepts of Sociology, develop your skills in carrying out social
research, and enable you to explore a range of important social issues.
Our course covers topics such as social inequalities, culture, identity
and belonging, families and households, health, religion and belief,
the media, and crime and deviance. Beyond these topics, we are also
concerned with the role of consumer culture in our lives; processes
of globalisation; urban development; issues around environment and
ecology; migration; and how social media influences our relationships
and understanding of the world around us. Studying Sociology will
enable you to think independently, critically, and imaginatively about the
issues that shape our everyday lives and our futures. We will encourage
you to develop sociological explanations for the wide ranging changes
taking place in the contemporary world and think about potential
solutions to urgent social problems. Sociology is an evidence-based and theoretically informed discipline
which teaches skills that are useful in a wide range of careers.

A Sociology degree from Keele will encourage you to become an
imaginative, creative, and pragmatic thinker who is able to think about
problems critically with a view to working out practical solutions.
Sociology is an evidence-based subject so you will also develop skills
in problem-solving, using knowledge, information, and data to enable
informed decision-making. This varied skill set is useful for a wide range
of occupations and professions. Our graduates have entered work in
fields including social care, the health sector, advertising and marketing,
the charity sector, youth services, and local government. Some of our
graduates also choose to pursue further academic study

Admission requirements

For more information about this program, please contact the school directly.

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Keele University

The University received its Royal Charter in 1962 with a commitment to meet the demands of a new kind of society, economy and world. Today we still uphold that commitment in every aspect of life at Keele University. We work...

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