Sociology examines society and our experience of it as individuals, working professionals, families, communities and organisations. Ideally suited to those with an inquisitive mind, sociology encourages you to look at the world in different ways, questioning conventional wisdom and social structures
You’ll have opportunities to analyse the pressing issues of modern day society, not just in Britain, but throughout the world, including: globalisation, development, modernity, postmodernity, race, inequality and social exclusion, media, work-life balance, sex, sexuality, families, intimacy and gender relations.
Designed with input from the British Sociological Association, our course benefits from strong links with national and local employers, many of whom provide work placements, including the Citizens Advice Bureau and Haven Charity and the Migrant Centre.
Study Sociology and you’ll have the opportunity to develop an understanding of the contemporary world, human behaviour and the forces shaping society.
Why choose this course?
Though the issues facing society may change – as diverse as our fascination with celebrity and the rising popularity of reality television to anger at police brutality and continued sexism in the workplace – the popularity of Sociology as a choice of study has remained constant for well over 100 years.
Student support is one of our top priorities and you’ll be joining a lively, welcoming and friendly community, with the highest levels of student satisfaction. You’ll be taught by a combination of qualified educationalists, active researchers and experts in areas such as race, gender, media, sexuality, sport and class identities.
As part of our commitment to provide practical, real-life experience relevant to future careers, you’ll have opportunities to work in diverse situations on short and long-term placements, which offer professional and intercultural experiences, with agencies such as Glaxo Smith Kline (subject to application and availability). You’ll also participate in exciting fieldtrips; previous students have visited Berlin and Sicily to explore Post War Germany, Memorialisation and Anti-Mafia Organisations respectively (additional costs may apply).
International experience opportunities
One of the main features of this course is its international focus. Our lecturers come from across the world and have expertise in international issues, global development and comparative sociology.
There are opportunities for overseas fieldtrips, study or placements abroad (application and additional costs may apply). For example, in recent years, students have studied on a range of sociology related and non-directly sociology related courses at universities in Sweden, Spain, Italy and the Netherlands.
Our Study Trip module provides further opportunities for international experiences and has previously facilitated visits to Krakow, Berlin, Istanbul, Poland, Sarajevo and Gothenburg where students have visited a number of significant social, cultural and political spaces such as Auschwitz and the military airport of Boccadifalco.
For those students who are not engaged in any of the above activities, we also run an International Week, where, among various events and activities, you can hear from international speakers and view international films.
Our courses have been designed to provide practical work experience and equip you with a range of skills and competencies that will set you apart from other graduates and make you attractive to potential employers.
Our employment tutors for humanities provide a programme of workshops, embedded learning, lectures, professional experience and one-to-one guidance to help you develop the transferrable skills and enterprising habits required for a successful career
Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University’s Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.