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Undergraduate

BSc (Hons) Sociology

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Course options: Professional Placement
Institution code: S82
UCAS code: L301
Start date: September 2024
Duration: Three years full-time
Location: Ipswich
Typical Offer: Please call our Clearing Hotline on 01473 338352 to discuss your qualifications and suitability for 2024 entry.
Course options: Professional Placement
Institution code: S82
UCAS code: L301
Start date: September 2024
Duration: Three years full-time
Location: Ipswich
Typical Offer: Please call our Clearing Hotline on 01473 338352 to discuss your qualifications and suitability for 2024 entry.
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Course options: Professional Placement, Study Abroad
Institution code: S82
UCAS code: L301
Start date: September 2025
Duration: Three years full-time
Location: Ipswich
Typical Offer: 112 UCAS tariff points (or above), BCC (A-Level), DMM (BTEC), Merit (T Level)
Course information table
Course options: Professional Placement, Study Abroad
Institution code: S82
UCAS code: L301
Start date: September 2025
Course information table
Duration: Three years full-time
Location: Ipswich
Typical Offer: 112 UCAS tariff points (or above), BCC (A-Level), DMM (BTEC), Merit (T Level)

Overview

Sociology looks at your world and challenges you to ask searching questions about inequality, fairness, power and violence. With a degree in sociology, you can shape your future. You will study complex and challenging real world issues such as gender, sexuality, injustice, migration, the unequal impact of climate change and big global social changes in all parts of our world. Our course develops the skills you need to analyse and think carefully and knowledgeably about social life in the second quarter of the 21st century. 

You will be challenged to become sensitive to the wider social context of your lived experience and learn to look beyond a narrow focus on the individual in any life situation. These are the creative, analytical and intellectual skills you will need for many careers in a wide range of areas. You do not need to have taken A level sociology to take our sociology degree. If you have, then our degree will stretch and challenge you in new directions. Bring an open mind, expect to be challenged, and prepare yourself to explore the big sociological vistas. 

The 番茄影视 is world-class and committed to our region. We are proudly modern and innovative and we believe in transformative education. We are on the rise with a focus on student satisfaction, graduate prospects, spending on academic services and student facilities.

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in the UK for graduate prospects in Sociology

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7th

in the UK for Sociology and Social Policy

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5th

in the UK for teaching satisfaction in Sociology and Social Policy

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Course Modules

Our undergraduate programmes are delivered as 'block and blend' - more information can be found on Why Suffolk? You can also watch our .

Downloadable information regarding all 番茄影视 courses, including Key Facts, Course Aims, Course Structure and Assessment, is available in the Definitive Course Record.

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This module aims to introduce you to key features of the sociological perspective and what many call the sociological imagination. It is concerned with making the everyday strange and the far away near to gain a better grasp on key aspects of social life. This leads into a key concern of sociology with questions of power and inequality. Students will be able to engage with key debates about the nature of inequality and power using contemporary examples and analysis. 

This module introduces you to key university academic skills to set yourself up for the rest of your degree. You will develop your academic skills through practical activities and tasks that relate to your degree. You will also explore core concepts and principles that underpin research in the social sciences. The module has a developmental approach to learning and teaching reinforced through regularly meetings in small groups with your tutor 

This module describes and explains some of the major social changes over the past 30-40 years using data and ideas. You will study patterns of wider change alongside an exploration of the impact on personal biography, life-satisfaction and wellbeing. You will study the rapid changes in East Asia, the differences with Europe and ways we can think through long term trends in how we live. Learning is organised through a problem-solving approach to get to grips with ideas and data in areas of change as diverse as wellbeing, fertility, family, work, migration and technology.

The human story is a moving story, and we are migratory beings. This module will help you explore the history of people’s movement across the globe. You will explore the causes of migration, its voluntary and forced forms, asylum seeking and the main current global patterns of migration.  You will also learn about patterns of ethnic inequalities with attention to health, education, employment and policing, as well as more convivial ways of living in multicultural societies.

This module gives you a solid foundation in criminology using a topic-based approach. You will examine how we can make sense of crime and criminality and explore key areas of debate and controversy within the discipline of criminology. Crime dominates much discussion on the political and social stage and this module enables you to take part and contribute to these public discussions in an informed and knowledgeable way. You will be able to discuss the cause and nature of crime and criminality. Important practical data skills of mapping crime data are a key part in this module.  

This module allows you to explore the contribution of social and developmental psychology to how we live our lives. Social Psychology is concerned with human social behaviour, experience and thought often focusing on interactions and small groups. Developmental Psychology explores the systematic changes in human psychology across an individual’s lifespan, particularly cognitive, perceptual, social and emotional development in childhood, adolescence and adulthood. 

This module grounds you in the principles of social science research and methods employed to find out about our social world. You will explore the research process and focus on specific methods that interest you and relate to your field of study. This will include being able develop and analyse social surveys and questionnaires, use interviews, and explore already existing data sources. You will gain the knowledge, skills and confidence to undertake independent, ethical and robust research in the social sciences. This module is an important steppingstone to your final year independent project module. 

Social theory allows you to dig deep into the big questions in our social world about how power works, what is the glue that keeps society together most of the time and how and why do societies change. You will harness the power of thinking theoretically to be creative, tackle contemporary issues and open new insights into your social world. We will do this through the ideas of important theorists from the late 20th and early 21st centuries, a few will be familiar like Weber, Du Bois or Durkheim but many new such as Archer, Latour, Chodorow or Luhmann. You will engage with the insightful, often challenging and sometimes counter-intuitive perspectives that come from a range of contemporary social theorists. 

The module aims to equip students to get behind the ‘woolliness’ of much popular discussion of globalisation. For many commentators globalisation is the major force behind social, economic, political and cultural change over the past 30 years. It is also a much-misunderstood concept that provokes much heated debate between those who argue free markets are the motor of globalisation to the constant benefit of humankind, and anti-globalisation critics who see many of the world’s ills stemming from the increase in globalisation. On this module you will need to analyse the arguments, look at the data and make an informed decision about where you stand.

Getting meaningful work is probably one of your key aim when you graduate. Work and employment are also one of the central areas of interest across the social sciences. You will explore your current and future career aspirations, develop a CV and be able to undertake a work placement of work shadowing. You will also complete the Future me programme at the university of Suffolk as part of the module.

This module examines the nature of social justice and the range of policies that have sought to make societies fairer. You will study different conceptions of social justice, including the conceptions advanced Rawls and Sen. The module also explores the welfare state and some of the major policies used to try and increase social justice across a range of dimensions, including housing, education, health, income transfers, pensions and access to legal rights. You will also evaluate the effectiveness of social policies in a variety of countries increasing social justice using international data and evidence. 

This module will encourage students to develop a critical approach to race, racism and resistance from a global perspective, looking not only on conceptions and lived experience in the Western countries but also other parts of the world, including the Global South including Latin American, Africa and Asian contexts, and Central and Eastern Europe. The module will explore key sites of contemporary racism and anti-racist political activism, drawing on examples such as the Black Lives Matter movement and pro- and anti-refugee solidarity activism in Europe and beyond. Attention will also be paid to decolonial and postcolonial approaches, as well as the intersection of gender, race, class and other categories of difference when exploring race, racism and resistance globally. 

In this module you will produce a final year project that allows you to exercise your independent judgement and skills in the development and execution of a project or dissertation relevant to your field of study. Under the supervision of an assigned tutor, the module provides you with the opportunity to independently apply the core subject knowledge and skills developed over the course of your degree. Over the course of the year you will undertake independent analysis and research, and communicate and present it to high professional standards. This project can take the form of a traditional research dissertation, but you also have the flexibility to undertake an alternative, such as a reflective report based on an independent project pursued in a practice / work setting. 

This module introduces the sociological perspective to the discussion about and the debates on mental illness and the development of the psychiatric treatment and services. The module is focussed on the way policy relates to practice. You will explore historical records of local asylums and hospitals with a field trip to explore previous asylums as part of the module.

Debates about gender and sexuality are global public issues that link private, intimate life with politics, violence and abuse. Great complexity surrounds gender and sexuality in contemporary society and culture and you will explore contemporary academic research in this area to clarify and discuss some of the key debates.  

Victims of Crime allows you to recognise the extent, patterns and impact of victimisation which is fundamental to enable informed discussion regarding crime and deviance. Through exploring the concept of victimisation, the experience of crime victims and developments in response to them, you will have the opportunity to broaden their understanding of contemporary crime and criminal justice. 

The module explores key issues, themes and debates from the field of drugs, crime and society. You will explore established and more recent academic and policy debates surrounding drug use, regulation and criminalisation. It is expected that you will come to the module with a 'taken-for-granted' perspective on the nature of drugs, their links with crime, and their wider social consequences and the module aims to challenge some of these. 

This module will develop your skills in processing large and complex datasets in the social sciences and visualise analysis to distil and convey findings to wide audiences. The module explores the key principles which make for effective data visualisation and communication, and the core workflows involved in processing, analysing and visualising data using appropriate software tools. In addition to developing your skills and competencies in analysing and presenting quantitative data, the module critically examines how quantitative data is used in the social sciences and how its use and presentation affects the development and evaluation of public policy. 

Course Modules 2024

Our undergraduate programmes are delivered as 'block and blend' - more information can be found on Why Suffolk? You can also watch our .

Downloadable information regarding all 番茄影视 courses, including Key Facts, Course Aims, Course Structure and Assessment, is available in the Definitive Course Record.

Two students sitting in a lecture

This module aims to introduce you to key features of the sociological perspective and what many call the sociological imagination. It is concerned with making the everyday strange and the far away near to gain a better grasp on key aspects of social life. This leads into a key concern of sociology with questions of power and inequality. Students will be able to engage with key debates about the nature of inequality and power using contemporary examples and analysis. 

This module introduces you to key university academic skills to set yourself up for the rest of your degree. You will develop your academic skills through practical activities and tasks that relate to your degree. You will also explore core concepts and principles that underpin research in the social sciences. The module has a developmental approach to learning and teaching reinforced through regularly meetings in small groups with your tutor 

This module describes and explains some of the major social changes over the past 30-40 years using data and ideas. You will study patterns of wider change alongside an exploration of the impact on personal biography, life-satisfaction and wellbeing. You will study the rapid changes in East Asia, the differences with Europe and ways we can think through long term trends in how we live. Learning is organised through a problem-solving approach to get to grips with ideas and data in areas of change as diverse as wellbeing, fertility, family, work, migration and technology.

The human story is a moving story, and we are migratory beings. This module will help you explore the history of people’s movement across the globe. You will explore the causes of migration, its voluntary and forced forms, asylum seeking and the main current global patterns of migration. You will also learn about patterns of ethnic inequalities with attention to health, education, employment and policing, as well as more convivial ways of living in multicultural societies.

This module gives you a solid foundation in criminology using a topic-based approach. You will examine how we can make sense of crime and criminality and explore key areas of debate and controversy within the discipline of criminology. Crime dominates much discussion on the political and social stage and this module enables you to take part and contribute to these public discussions in an informed and knowledgeable way. You will be able to discuss the cause and nature of crime and criminality. Important practical data skills of mapping crime data are a key part in this module.  

This module allows you to explore the contribution of social and developmental psychology to how we live our lives. Social Psychology is concerned with human social behaviour, experience and thought often focusing on interactions and small groups. Developmental Psychology explores the systematic changes in human psychology across an individual’s lifespan, particularly cognitive, perceptual, social and emotional development in childhood, adolescence and adulthood. 

This module grounds you in the principles of social science research and methods employed to find out about our social world. You will explore the research process and focus on specific methods that interest you and relate to your field of study. This will include being able develop and analyse social surveys and questionnaires, use interviews, and explore already existing data sources. You will gain the knowledge, skills and confidence to undertake independent, ethical and robust research in the social sciences. This module is an important steppingstone to your final year independent project module. 

Social theory allows you to dig deep into the big questions in our social world about how power works, what is the glue that keeps society together most of the time and how and why do societies change. You will harness the power of thinking theoretically to be creative, tackle contemporary issues and open new insights into your social world. We will do this through the ideas of important theorists from the late 20th and early 21st centuries, a few will be familiar like Weber, Du Bois or Durkheim but many new such as Archer, Latour, Chodorow or Luhmann. You will engage with the insightful, often challenging and sometimes counter-intuitive perspectives that come from a range of contemporary social theorists. 

The module aims to equip students to get behind the ‘woolliness’ of much popular discussion of globalisation. For many commentators globalisation is the major force behind social, economic, political and cultural change over the past 30 years. It is also a much-misunderstood concept that provokes much heated debate between those who argue free markets are the motor of globalisation to the constant benefit of humankind, and anti-globalisation critics who see many of the world’s ills stemming from the increase in globalisation. On this module you will need to analyse the arguments, look at the data and make an informed decision about where you stand.

Getting meaningful work is probably one of your key aim when you graduate. Work and employment are also one of the central areas of interest across the social sciences. You will explore your current and future career aspirations, develop a CV and be able to undertake a work placement of work shadowing. You will also complete the Future me programme at the university of Suffolk as part of the module.

This module examines the nature of social justice and the range of policies that have sought to make societies fairer. You will study different conceptions of social justice, including the conceptions advanced Rawls and Sen. The module also explores the welfare state and some of the major policies used to try and increase social justice across a range of dimensions, including housing, education, health, income transfers, pensions and access to legal rights. You will also evaluate the effectiveness of social policies in a variety of countries increasing social justice using international data and evidence. 

This module will encourage students to develop a critical approach to race, racism and resistance from a global perspective, looking not only on conceptions and lived experience in the Western countries but also other parts of the world, including the Global South including Latin American, Africa and Asian contexts, and Central and Eastern Europe. The module will explore key sites of contemporary racism and anti-racist political activism, drawing on examples such as the Black Lives Matter movement and pro- and anti-refugee solidarity activism in Europe and beyond. Attention will also be paid to decolonial and postcolonial approaches, as well as the intersection of gender, race, class and other categories of difference when exploring race, racism and resistance globally. 

In this module you will produce a final year project that allows you to exercise your independent judgement and skills in the development and execution of a project or dissertation relevant to your field of study. Under the supervision of an assigned tutor, the module provides you with the opportunity to independently apply the core subject knowledge and skills developed over the course of your degree. Over the course of the year you will undertake independent analysis and research, and communicate and present it to high professional standards. This project can take the form of a traditional research dissertation, but you also have the flexibility to undertake an alternative, such as a reflective report based on an independent project pursued in a practice / work setting. 

This module introduces the sociological perspective to the discussion about and the debates on mental illness and the development of the psychiatric treatment and services. The module is focussed on the way policy relates to practice. You will explore historical records of local asylums and hospitals with a field trip to explore previous asylums as part of the module.

Debates about gender and sexuality are global public issues that link private, intimate life with politics, violence and abuse. Great complexity surrounds gender and sexuality in contemporary society and culture and you will explore contemporary academic research in this area to clarify and discuss some of the key debates.  

Victims of Crime allows you to recognise the extent, patterns and impact of victimisation which is fundamental to enable informed discussion regarding crime and deviance. Through exploring the concept of victimisation, the experience of crime victims and developments in response to them, you will have the opportunity to broaden their understanding of contemporary crime and criminal justice. 

The module explores key issues, themes and debates from the field of drugs, crime and society. You will explore established and more recent academic and policy debates surrounding drug use, regulation and criminalisation. It is expected that you will come to the module with a 'taken-for-granted' perspective on the nature of drugs, their links with crime, and their wider social consequences and the module aims to challenge some of these. 

This module will develop your skills in processing large and complex datasets in the social sciences and visualise analysis to distil and convey findings to wide audiences. The module explores the key principles which make for effective data visualisation and communication, and the core workflows involved in processing, analysing and visualising data using appropriate software tools. In addition to developing your skills and competencies in analysing and presenting quantitative data, the module critically examines how quantitative data is used in the social sciences and how its use and presentation affects the development and evaluation of public policy. 

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Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

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Career Opportunities

Sociology graduates are in demand and well placed to seek employment in graduate management schemes, social services, education, marketing, criminal justice, welfare services, government, counselling, charities and the voluntary sector. 

Recent graduates have gone on to work as:

  • Teachers
  • College lecturers
  • Housing officers
  • Probation officers
  • Employment consultants
  • English as a foreign language teachers


Sociologists work in both the public and private sectors to analyse trends and make plans about the future using the data analysis skills and statistics that are a key part of our sociology course.  

Sociology is an excellent grounding for a career in business, many of the techniques used in marketing and businesses use ideas originally developed in sociology. Marketing is a great option for sociology graduates with a good grasp of demographic characteristics. 

Social science degrees are a valuable asset in the labour market. The skills most in demand by employers are communication, problem solving and creativity, research and analysis (1000 business leaders surveyed by Harvard Business Review). The fastest growing areas of the economy employ more graduates from the arts, humanities and social science than other disciplines.

Your Course Team

David James

David is an Associate Professor in Sociology and Course Leader for Sociology with a keen interest in social change, social theory and the study of materiality.

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Dr Alina Rzepnikowska Phillips

Alina is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Politics and Course Leader for Sociology.

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Laura Polley

Laura is Lecturer in Criminology and previously worked as a Prison Officer.

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Scott Huntly

Scott is a lecturer in politics and researches political discourse and ideology.

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Dr Shamser Sinha

Shamser's research and teaching interests circle around; 鈥榬ace鈥 and racism; youth; and different ways of doing ethnography.

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Fees and Funding

UK Full-time Tuition Fee

£9,250

per year
UK Part-time Tuition Fee

£1,454*

per 20 credit module
International Full-time Tuition Fee

£14,610

per year

*Please contact the Student Centre for further details

The decision to study a degree is an investment into your future, there are various means of support available to you in order to help fund your tuition fees and living costs. You can apply for funding from the Spring before your course starts.

UK Fees and Finance UK Bursaries and Scholarships International Fees and Scholarships

Fees and Funding

UK Full-time Tuition Fee*

£9,250

per year
UK Part-time Tuition Fee*

£1,454*

per 20 credit module

*Maximum tuition fees chargeable to Home-fee students are set by the UK Government normally in the autumn or early winter in the year prior to the year of entry (e.g. autumn 2024 for entry in 2025/26). The 番茄影视 reserves the right to increase tuition fees for 2025/26 if the UK Government increases the maximum annual fee. International tuition fees for 2025/26 will be confirmed and updated here in May 2024.

The decision to study a degree is an investment into your future, there are various means of support available to you in order to help fund your tuition fees and living costs. You can apply for funding from the Spring before your course starts.

UK Fees and Finance UK Bursaries and Scholarships International Fees and Scholarships

Ipswich Award

The 番茄影视 is offering a £1,000 Award for students joining the 番茄影视’s Ipswich campus. The Award is based on specific eligibility criteria based on your year of entry.

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How to Apply

To study this course on a full-time basis, you can apply through UCAS. As well as providing your academic qualifications, you’ll be able to showcase your skills, qualities and passion for the subject.

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Sarah Ali, BSc (Hons) Sociology

"For me, the best thing about the 番茄影视 is the opportunities. I would never be where I am now if I hadn鈥檛 been offered chances to build my skill set, meet new people and take up every opportunity that has been offered to me."

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