Studying Sociology can be challenging and exciting. We will give you opportunities to think critically about the world around you, to develop your analytical skills, and to build an appreciation of the complexity and diversity of social life.
What will I study?
Among the topics you will study are families and households – this will include looking at questions such as: Are children becoming part of the adult world too quickly?
Research methods will also be studied – such as covert observation, which could be used to study criminal gangs or football hooligans. Religion and crime also form an interesting part of the course. You will study criminal gangs, look at why girls are outperforming boys at school, why people join religious cults, and the media’s role in creating moral panics about child killers.
These topics will help you to develop a critical awareness of how the world really operates and why. Assessment is by written examination.
Opportunities include educational visits to conferences, attending student events held at Lancaster University and trips to places of interest including the Manchester Police Museum.
Where might it lead?
Sociology is an academically demanding subject regarded as an acceptable A Level by all universities.
A qualification in Sociology can lead to a wide variety of careers. Some of the more popular choices include: Law, the police, teaching, journalism, personnel management, nursing and marketing.