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Entry requirements

A level


Access to HE Diploma


Pass with 45 Level 3 credits including 30 Distinctions and a number of merits/passes in subject specific modules

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme


With three Higher Level subjects at 655

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)


Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)


Scottish Advanced Higher


Scottish Higher


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About this course

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Full-time | 2022



Explore what unites and divides us, how we make sense of our relationships, and understand our place in the world around us. On Goldsmiths’ innovative BA Sociology programme, you’ll look at contemporary global events as you explore issues of social inequality, culture, power, and identity.

**Why study BA Sociology at Goldsmiths?**
- Studying at Goldsmiths means you’ll study in one of the world’s leading sociology departments. We are ranked joint 1st in the UK for research intensity in sociology (Complete University Guide Subject League Tables 2021) and ranked in the top 40 in the world by the QS World University Subject Rankings 2021.

- Sociology gives you the tools to understand the world, but also to think about how to change it for the better. You'll study current events to explore how social inequalities operate and how they might be overcome.

- You’ll take modules that explore how race, gender, social class, and disability affect our lives, how global social movements combat oppression, how historical processes such as colonialism continue to shape today’s societies, and how the climate crisis requires that we develop new ways of thinking and acting.

- You’ll be learning about popular culture, representation, multicultural society, and urban studies in the heart of southeast London. For example, if you take the ‘London’ option module you’ll be getting out on the local streets, taking photos and doing visual sociology yourself, rather than just reading about London in a classroom.

- Our staff teach their own specialisms – they're pioneers in their fields and write the books that are on reading lists across the country. You’ll be learning from sociological experts on diverse subjects such as childhood, race and racism, religion, health, crime, migration, and human rights.

- You’ll have the chance to pick from a wide range of exciting option modules so you can tailor your own pathway through the degree. Select from options such as: Sex, Drugs and Technology; Prisons, Punishment and Society; Why Music Matters for Sociology; Visual Explorations of the Social World; Food and Taste; Thinking Animals; and Law, Identity and Ethics.

- Our focus is on helping you to become the type of sociologist you want to be, so in your final year you’ll design your own project and carry out your own research based on what interests you most. Some recent topics include: South Asian youth and the quarter-life crisis, Conventional beauty standards and black women’s hair practices, Social media influencers as ‘digital capitalists’, The negotiation of responsibilities for British-Somali women students and Emotional labour in call centre work.

- Because you’ll be generating data of your own, conducting primary research, and analysing lots of evidence, you’ll be developing great transferrable skills and experiencing what it means to be a sociologist from day one.

- Our BA Sociology degree will equip you with a range of skills, including research, critical thinking and analysis, working with others, tackling inequality knowledgably, and project management.

- The skills and the knowledge you gain during the degree will enable you to pursue a diverse range of careers including public sector management, teaching, education consultancy, technical creative media arts, human rights NGOs, and environmental science occupations.


The first year of the degree gets you thinking sociologically and critically, and introduces the ways in which sociological knowledge of societies has been shaped by disputes about theories and methods. First year modules address problems that have interested sociologists in their attempts to account for the world we live in. You will start to understand how the meaning derived from sociological investigations operates in cultural processes, and look at the methods that have been developed by sociologists to produce sociological knowledge.

Compulsory modules in the second and third years cover the main approaches to sociological thought, and their implications for understanding contemporary societies. You develop a rich knowledge of the variety of sociological reasoning and research.

In the third year you take a compulsory module in contemporary social theory and society, and you choose four options.

Year 1 (credit level 4) You'll be assigned a personal tutor, who also acts as an academic tutor. Tutors oversee your academic work and progress over the year.

You take six compulsory modules:
Critical Readings: the Emergence of the Sociological Imagination 1A
Researching Society and Culture 1A
Modern Knowledge, Modern Power
Culture and Society
Researching Society and Culture 1B
Critical Readings: the Emergence of the Sociological Imagination 1B

Year 2 (credit level 5) You will take the following compulsory modules:
Central Issues in Sociological Analysis
The Making of the Modern World
Philosophy and Methodology of the Social Sciences
Sociology of Culture and Communication
Researching Society and Culture 2A
Researching Society and Culture 2B

You also choose 30 credits worth of Sociology options. Those recently available have included:
Sex, Drugs & Technology
Leisure, Culture and Society
Space, Place & Power
Art and Society
Organisations and Society
Culture, Representation and Difference
The Body: Social Theory and Social Practice
Social Change and Political Action
Crimes Against Humanity
Migration in Context

Year 3 (credit level 6) You will take the following compulsory modules:
Identity and Contemporary Social Theory
Issues in Contemporary Society

You also:
Write a Dissertation worth 30 credits. This is independent research, supported by classes and subject specialists, resulting in an 8,000-word dissertation in a topic of your own choice.
Choose four Sociology options. Those recently available have included:
Race, Racism and Social Theory
Global Development and Underdevelopment
Sociology of Visuality
Childhood Matters: Society, Theory and Culture
Making Data Matter
Sociologies of Emerging Worlds
Privacy, Surveillance and Security
Philosophy, Politics and Alterity
Subjectivity, Health and Medicine
Philosophy and Power: The Philosopher and the Colonies
Migration, Gender and Social Reproduction
Thinking Animals

Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Assessment methods

You’ll be assessed by a variety of methods, depending on your module choices. These include coursework, extended essays, reports, presentations, practice-based projects or essays/logs, group projects, reflective essays, and seen and unseen written examinations.

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Course location:

Goldsmiths, University of London



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We have quite a lot of sociology graduates, although numbers fell last year. But graduates still do pretty well. Most sociology graduates go straight into work when they complete their degrees, and a lot of graduates go into jobs in social professions such as recruitment, education, community and youth work, and housing. An important option for a sociology graduate is social work - and we're short of people willing to take this challenging but rewarding career. Sociology is a flexible degree and you can find graduates from the subject in pretty much every reasonable job — obviously, you don't find many doctors or engineers, but you do find them in finance, the media, healthcare, marketing and even IT. Sociology graduates taking further study often branch out into other qualifications, like teaching, law, psychology, HR and even maths, so don’t think a sociology degree restricts you to just one set of options.

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