Sociology engages with central dimensions of life in contemporary societies, from transformations in the life course, contemporary families, gender relations, ethnic, racial and sexual identity, and the body, through to media, new technologies, and globalisation. It engages with emerging patterns of social inequality and new forms of social problems, and the ways in which people and societies confront these new challenges. Sociology also explores emerging questions of action and identity – from new social movements to subcultures to forms of action evident in contemporary social transformations.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this minor, students will be able to:
- demonstrate a sociological understanding of the nature of social relationships and institutions, patterns of social diversity and inequality, and processes that underpin social change and stability;
- demonstrate a detailed knowledge of sociology as an academic discipline in its social, historical and world context, including its principal concepts and theories;
- demonstrate an ability to apply sociological theories, concepts and evidence to sociological questions within complex and changing social contexts;
- communicate sociological principles and knowledge effectively using appropriate formats both oral and written;
- demonstrate an ability to develop arguments by using evidence, evaluating competing explanations, and drawing conclusions;
- demonstrate an understanding of research processes in the social sciences including design, methodology and methods, analysis, interpretation, and the diversity of approaches to research;
- recognise the importance of ethical standards of conduct in the research and analysis of social and political phenomena;
- work productively in groups.
Last updated: 12 November 2021