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What I Love About Studying Sociology

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Every year students arrive in our department with varied sets of experiences and backgrounds.

Some have studied sociology before, while others haven’t. Some are the first to attend university in their family, while others have always expected they would get a university degree. Some are confident about the career that they want to have, while others haven’t a clue. All have varied cultural and social positions that shape their identity and perspective on why sociology matters. This variety is a great strength and means that in small group seminars in all years of your degree you are able to benefit from learning about the contrasting experiences and insights of your peers.

During your degree, you will have the opportunity to choose optional modules that address different topics and help you to develop different types of skills. While many modules include essays or other short written assignments, some also offer different types of assessments including presentations, future scenarios, manifestos, blogs, reflective journals, short films, and intergenerational interviews. These allow you to explore different ways of working with and representing sociological ideas, whilst also developing a range of relevant skills.

Sophie Lewis

Sophie Lewis

My favourite module at Lancaster so far has been ‘SOCL 350 Welfare States: Past and Present’. This was an incredibly relevant module about Britain’s welfare state in its past, present and future form. The module was unconventional - it was practical and academic. We were given the opportunity to take part in field trips: A ‘Welfare Walk’ around Lancaster City which involved learning about Lancaster’s welfare institutions and a visit to Morecambe foodbank to learn about the prevalence of foodbanks, why they exist and their relationship with various types of government welfare provisions.