What Will You Study

Your degree is taught by some of Europe's foremost Sociologists in a department nationally and internationally renowned for creative and ground-breaking research. This means that your learning environment is up to date, exciting and challenging. Much of our teaching is in lectures, seminar groups of 13 – 15 students, and/or interactive workshops so you will get to know your peers and our members of staff very well.

Your first year provides you with a basic grounding in 'thinking sociologically' and addressing some of the issues sociologists are thinking about today. The Introduction to Sociology module familiarises you with sociological issues, ideas, concepts, evidence and arguments, examining key aspects of living in the contemporary world.

Thanks to the flexibility of the Lancaster structure, you can also take complementary courses such as Gender and Women's Studies, Media and Cultural Studies or Contemporary Social Problems during your first year. You can also combine our first year Sociology course with other first year courses in other departments.

There are two compulsory core courses in your second year: Understanding Social Thought and Research Skills and Techniques. In your final year, there is one compulsory core course: Doing Sociological Research, which consists of completing an independent research project in a topic of your choice. In both years you’ll also be able to choose from a vast range of options to complete your degree from both the BA Sociology and BA Media and Cultural Studies Programme.