Sociology develops your understanding of how society is organised. It is excellent training in social science and it helps you think through issues such as social inequalities, class, how organisations work, the impact of religion, and globalisation and economic development.
Modules cover research methods, social theory, gender and society, medical sociology, violence and crime.
A popular combination is sociology with psychology. This allows you to study both society (through sociology) and the individual (through psychology).
Another popular combination is with criminology. You can choose modules that help you understand the societal context of criminal behaviour and punishment.
You could also combine sociology with any of the other subjects in the Combined Subjects programme. You can choose to spend a third, half, or two thirds of your study time on sociology.
According to the National Student Survey 2014, 96% of our sociology students believe that staff are enthusiastic and good at explaining things. As a result of the course, 9 out of 10 of our students feel more confident in tackling unfamiliar problems.
Our tutors provide a very supportive learning environment. Throughout your degree you will have a Personal Tutor who will monitor progress, discuss options and offer appropriate guidance.
Staff and students talk about the benefits of studying a combined subjects programme at the University of Sunderland: