Course outline Sociology at Aston is about real-life experiences and how they relate to bigger social problems. We explore the social constraints we encounter in our everyday lives and how they are reinforced by class, race, religion and gender. To understand how these issues perpetuate existing inequalities and unequal life chances, we analyse what impact official politics has on such processes, how politics is intertwined with the profit-making aims pursued by big corporations and how their combined interests dominate our social imaginations. We assess public policy responses and where they are problematic. Our teaching is informed by our research. When learning about contemporary topics such as inequality, racism, health, migration, sexuality, identity, education, the media, crime and climate change, you will be taught by experts in these fields. Our teaching is constantly updated in the light of our research findings. Our programmes will equip you with the knowledge and analytical skills that will enable you to think critically and work independently. This includes how to design a research project, collect empirical data, handle complex datasets (e.g., through applying coding techniques) and, most importantly, develop an advanced analytical mindset. This training will be essential for your final-year dissertation during which you will carry out your own individual research project. This experience will provide you with a skillset that is highly desired in a wide range of industries and areas of work. Key benefits
- As part of your degree you’ll have the option to undertake a professional placement year, gaining valuable practical experience that employers demand. Aston University’s Careers and Placements team was recognised as the ‘Best University Placement Service’ at the National Undergraduate Employability (NUE) Awards 2022.
- Sociology at Aston University was ranked 9th in the UK for ‘Graduate Prospects – Outcomes’ (Complete University Guide, 2023).
- Sociology at Aston University was ranked among the top 10 universities in the UK for ‘student to staff ratio’ (Guardian, 2023).
For more information on this course and a full list of modules, visit the course page: https://www.aston.ac.uk/study/courses/sociology-bsc/september-2022
For more information on the methods of assessment on this course, visit the course page: https://www.aston.ac.uk/study/courses/sociology-bsc/september-2022
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