Delve beneath the surface of everyday life and modern societies and prepare for careers including community development, policy making and social care with our Sociology degree in Cambridge. On this degree you'll explore what shapes societies and individual lives, the relations that connect individuals, groups and institutions within societies and those that the divide them. As a BA (Hons) Sociology student at ARU, you’ll look at the work of classical sociologists, such as Weber and Marx, and contemporary issues such as individualism and global communication and how they are changing human behaviour. You’ll be able to specialise in areas that interest you too – such as the impact of intoxicants on societies, cybercrime, social control, sport or nature and society – through our range of optional modules. Our Sociology courses ranked 18th in the UK in the Guardian University Guide 2024. We have a supportive community of staff and students at ARU. Throughout your BA (Hons) Sociology degree, you’ll learn from sociologists who specialise in social policy and theory and undertake research into a wide range of sociological issues including 'race' and ethnicity, urban sociology, delinquency and disorder, the sociology of sport, notions of belonging, governance, moral regulation, social constructions of alcohol, gender-based violence, social justice, and social relations in marginalised communities. You’ll also prepare for your future career, with the opportunity to conduct your own community or workplace research, gaining valuable practical experience and insight into different approaches to social issues. You’ll consider how you can apply this understanding by researching, pitching and evaluating an idea that could potentially make a positive contribution to society. You can also take an optional placement year; this might be in a governmental organisation, NGO, charity or social enterprise – wherever your own interests lead you. You could enhance your CV further by studying abroad for a semester, with funding on offer to help cover the cost. Once you’ve graduated, you might choose to develop your skills with one of our Masters degrees, such as MA Sociology. The impact of our Sociology research achieved 'world-leading' in the Research Excellence Framework 2021. Hands-on learning All our BA (Hons) Sociology students have the opportunity to:
- go on field trips in the UK and overseas
- study abroad for a semester, with funding available to help cover the cost
- choose from a range of optional modules and pursue their own areas of interest.
Year 1 core modules: Interactive Learning Skills and Communication; Information and Communication Technology; Critical Thinking; Intercultural Studies; Ethics; Psychology; Composition and Style; Social Perceptions. Year 2 core modules: Sociology in Action; Global Sociology; Contemporary Inequalities; Media, Society and Crime. Year 3 core modules: Mobilities and Migration; Sociology of Education; Ruskin Module (15 credits); The Research Toolkit - Design and Delivery. Year 3 optional modules: Cybercrime and Policing; Intoxicants and Intoxication; Sociology of Religion; Sociology of Health Inequalities; Anglia Language Programme; Professional Placement; Violence and Confrontation; Violence, Gender and Victimisation. Year 4 core modules: Undergraduate Major Project; Race, Racism and Ethnic Identity; Environment, Nature and Society; Research Communication. Year 4 optional modules: Feminist Debates and Activism; Youth, Crime and Aggression; Concepts of Good and Evil; Anglia Language Programme; Gender and Sexuality in Britain: 1880-2000; The Making of Modern Media. Modules are subject to change and availability.
We’ll assess your progress using a combination of exams, essays, individual and group presentations, book reviews, project work and personal portfolio production, as well as your final-year Major Project.
How to apply
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
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5 GCSEs at grade 3, or grade D, or above, (or equivalent) plus evidence of having attempted two years of post GCSE study at level 3. Students who have achieved a minimum of 1 A level (or equivalent), will be exempt from the two year post GCSE requirement (as stated above) but must still hold 5 GCSEs (as stated above). Students without English as their first language will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 5.5 (Academic level with at least 5.5 in each of the four components) or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognized by Anglia Ruskin University.
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