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3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
Start dates
Liverpool
October 2022

Liverpool
October 2023

Liverpool
October 2024
Sociology

About this program

Sociology

Contemporary society is becoming ever more complex and the need to understand how it works is increasingly important. Sociology is the study of how society is organised, how this influences the attitudes and behaviour of individuals and the impact this has on social relationships, both within and between societies. Accordingly, sociology is now commonly regarded as an essential discipline for understanding the development of all modern societies. The Sociology degree at Liverpool Hope will help you to think critically and constructively about the key questions relating to modern society.

Our sociology degree is based around a core that provides inputs from social theory and from the comparison of different forms of society. The degree will help you to examine ‘common-sense’ assumptions about the world by exploring the issues that confront society, both nationally and globally, and by studying the theories and methods that help to explain and understand these issues. It also examines and evaluates the methods of research which make the study of society possible. The degree enables you to study a range of additional topics which cover the whole spectrum of sociological inquiry.

Staff are enthusiastic and dedicated and will help you to get the most out of your degree. In line with Liverpool Hope’s commitment to social justice, both nationally and internationally, Sociology attempts to understand social issues and problems that confront the modern world and, in so doing, challenges received wisdom.

Admission requirements

  • A-Levels - BBC
  • UCAS Tariff Points - 112 UCAS Tariff points must come from a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent). Additional points can be made up from a range of alternative qualifications
  • BTEC - DMM
  • Access to HE - 112 Tariff Points
  • IB - 28
  • Irish Leaving Certificate - 112 Tariff Points from Higher Level qualifications only
  • Welsh Baccalaureate - This qualification can only be accepted in conjunction with other relevant qualifications
  • Subject Requirements - No specific subject requirements

International entry requirements

IELTS - 6.0 overall (with reading and writing at 6.0) and no individual score lower than 5.5. We also accept a wide range of International Qualifications.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.


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Program content

Year One

Introduction to Sociology

Your first year of study provides you with a complete overview of the subject and encourages you to ‘think like a sociologist’ by developing your sociological imagination through a range of skills-based activities designed to foster critical understanding of the social world and our place within it.

You will be introduced to the main theoretical approaches and research methods within the discipline, as well as to a wide diversity of areas of human life to which sociological knowledge and practice has been applied: from social divisions (of class, race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexuality, dis/ability and age) to the effects of globalisation, de-industrialisation, media, climate change, poverty and social exclusion.

Year Two

Explorations in Sociology

In your second year, you will explore the core themes of ‘Key Sociological Thinkers’ and ‘Social Research in Action’. You will begin to develop an applied understanding of the ideas of key social thinkers, both classical and contemporary, that have shaped Sociology as a discipline. In the first half of the course , you will explore the ideas of Marx, Weber, Durkheim and Simmel, among others, reflecting upon their present-day relevance as well as their influence upon contemporary social theory. In the second part of the course , you will study the ideas of contemporary social thinkers such as Elias, Goffman, Foucault, Butler, Marcuse, Bourdieu, Bauman, Sennett and Baudrillard, applying their theories to real-life examples and evaluating their significance.

You will also be introduced to different types of research approaches and techniques, learning how sociological research is planned, designed and carried out. You will participate in a wide-range of group activities and projects, learning about sociological scholarship by undertaking and presenting elements of research. You will learn, for example, how to conduct interviews, design questionnaires and engage in ethnographic studies. Your employability skills will be enhanced through a series of carefully sequenced study skills activities embedded within the weekly tutorial system.

If you are studying Sociology as a Single Honours degree, you will also explore contemporary issues in Sociology, focusing on inequalities, identity and social divisions within society. You will examine the bases of identity and issues of cultural diversity, including factors that perpetuate inequality and exclusion versus those which promote equality and inclusion. Social inequalities will be explored in terms of the social classifications of social class, race, ethnicity, dis/ability, religion, nationality, gender, sexuality, citizenship and age.

Year Three

Advanced Studies in Sociology

In your final year, you will explore the interconnection between local and global social processes and problems by investigating the ways in which daily life is governed in contemporary societies. You will be introduced to various sociological theories of power and resistance, which will enable you to both critically evaluate mechanisms and patterns which drive and sustain social inequalities, and to meaningfully reflect upon a variety of individual and group challenges to the status quo. You will explore a wide-range of sociological approaches towards consumer culture and advertising, social media, surveillance, terrorism, violence and social movements.

If you are studying Sociology as a Single Honours degree, you will also study the nature and extent of austerity within the context of neoliberalism - especially its impact on social relations. You will explore the sociological significance of the politics of austerity by engaging with key contemporary readings and in-depth case studies. You will also examine a range of global social issues, such as human trafficking, and the ways in which today’s global processes affect the everyday lives of ordinary people.

You will also have the opportunity to choose from a wide range of specialist courses that reflect the research interests of staff within the School of Social Sciences. These choices range from courses on animal rights, poverty and precarious employment, and the sociology of stories, to health inequalities, , migration, and social aspects of death, dying and bereavement, as well as many others besides.

All students will also undertake a dissertation research project on a topic of their choice.

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Tuition

  • Total tuition fee for local/EU students is £9,250.
  • Tuition fee for International/Non-EU students is £12,500.

Qualification

The Service and Leadership Award (SALA) is offered as an extra-curricular programme involving service-based experiences, development of leadership potential and equipping you for a career in a rapidly changing world. It enhances your degree, it is something which is complimentary but different and which has a distinct ‘value-added’ component.

Career paths

A degree in Sociology provides you with a wide skills base that is transferable to a variety of employment and career opportunities.

As well as detailed subject-specific knowledge, you will also learn skills that are vital for employment in a wide range of careers, such as critical thinking, problem solving and decision-making, effective written and oral communication, time management, and the ability to work both in a team and independently. You will also gain the ability to reflect critically on a wide-range of social issues and to research and analyse data in a variety of forms. Many employers find these skills essential and they recognise the value in employees having had a sociological education.

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Liverpool Hope University

With a history extending 175 years, Liverpool Hope has developed a strong tradition of scholarship and research in key disciplines. The University places emphasis on bringing together research excellence and top-quality teaching. This research-informed teaching enables our students to develop...


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Why study at Liverpool Hope University

Liverpool Hope University is a vibrant community of scholars, students and support staff. We are proud of our past, confident in our present and ambitious for our future.

With a history extending over 175 years, Liverpool Hope has developed a distinctive ethos that brings together scholarship, research and teaching.

Just one in five UK Higher Education providers achieved the gold standard, which measures excellence in teaching quality, learning environment, and student outcomes - the extent to which all students achieve their educational and professional goals. The city of Liverpool is a wonderful place to study. With a rich culture and heritage and an International airport on the doorstep, why study anywhere else?

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Hope Park Campus
L16 9JD Liverpool
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