This course looks at the most important issues facing our society today such as political economy, families, poverty, culture, sexual politics, global connections, social exclusion, race, disability, gender and social class divisions, and was ranked 3rd in the UK for Personal Development. (Source: National Student Survey 2014)
At the same time there is a focus on developing rigorous research and employability skills. We recommend that you take advantage of a practical placement module, which can be undertaken at a range of employers during your second year.
The wide variety of optional modules will allow you to tailor the course to your particular interests and career aspirations. There are four broad pathways but it is not essential to stick rigidly to them. The pathways are: Health and the Social Body; Gender and Culture; Crime and Justice; Family and Identities.
In every module you will be taught by lecturers who are actively engaged in current research in many specialist areas. The course is closely connected to current priorities in the world of social research. In the recent (2014) National Student Survey the course was ranked Best in the North East for Satisfaction with Feedback, Best in the North East for Assessment and Feedback and Best in the North East for Personal Development.
Career destinations for graduates from this course include the civil service, local government, non-governmental organisations, international institutions, industry, commerce and further education. The course can also lead on to more advanced studies at Masters or PhD levels.
Staff and studnets talk about the benefits of stuyding Sociology at the University of Sunderland: