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Public Sociology

Entry requirements


A level

C,C,D

English required and Maths preferred GCSE grade C or 4.

Various Access courses considered, such as: Access to Community, Education & Humanities Access to University Study Access to Arts, Social Sciences & Primary Teaching Access to Languages, Arts and Social Sciences Access to Humanities/Primary Education Access to Degree Studies Access to Arts & Social Science Access to Humanities Access to Social Sciences Access to Teaching

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

26

English required and Maths preferred at Standard level

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

H3,H3,H3,H3

English required and Maths preferred at Ordinary level grade O4 or Higher level grade H5

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

MMM

In Social Sciences subjects.

Scottish HNC

Pass

HNC Social Science HNC Social Services HNC Counselling HNC in Child Care (Early Education and Child Care) Pass at grade C required in the graded unit.

Scottish HND

Pass

HND Social Services with CB in the graded units or similar.

Scottish Higher

B,B,C,C

English required and Maths preferred at National 5 grade C or above.

UCAS Tariff

88-96

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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subject

Sociology

What is the nature of society and how can we change it for the better? This is the kind of sceptical question that you’ll learn how to ask, and answer, on this course. You will learn how to critique preconceptions about social equality and justice. You will embrace new ideas and schools of thought on this intellectually stimulating and personally empowering course. You will graduate ready to make a real difference to people’s lives.

What are the root causes of social injustice and inequality? How could we change society’s perception of them, and make the actual changes themselves? On this course you will reflect upon the ways in which sociological knowledge can affect real change in people’s everyday lives.

If you have an enquiring, questioning mind and you want to understand more about human societies, social problems, interactions and experiences, you will thrive here. You’ll engage with a diversity of communities and develop a sense of the ways in which a public sociological imagination can meaningfully intervene in real-world political and social events. Many of our staff are actively involved in social justice, and so you will see first-hand how we can bring what we study to life.

This was Scotland’s first public sociology course and we continue to be pioneering in the way we think. Our students have chosen fascinating and original topics to research for their dissertations, from women’s body image on social media to a community campaign on gentrification.

In Year One and half of Year Two you will study a range of modules that will provide you with a thorough grounding in the key concepts, theories and schools of thought in sociology, as well as some modules in psychology. You will develop a sound understanding of the historical development and contemporary applications of sociological knowledge. Specifically, this will include how sociological knowledge can help us to make sense of the public issues and concerns which affect the communities within that we live, as well as understanding the philosophical debates that underpin sociological interpretations of the world around us. In addition, considerable emphasis is placed on enhancing a wide range of transferable skills, paying particular attention to improving your interpersonal and presentation skills, effective reading and writing, analytical thinking and critical reflection, as well as a sustained focus on the development of your research skills.

From mid-way through Year Two until you graduate, you will develop in-depth understanding of a broad range of substantive debates within the discipline of sociology with a particular focus on engaging with public issues and groups. You will refine your knowledge of sociological theory, research design and implementation, social movements and global change, sociologies of gender and sexuality, sociologies of liberation, and social policy and politics. Working closely with a member of academic staff, you will conduct your own independent research project in Year Four, in which you will be encouraged to bring together your knowledge of sociological theories and concepts, as well as refining your research skills. You will develop an ability to understand the relationship between complex sociological theory, practical research and contemporary public issues and concerns. Our graduates find that they are well qualified for a range of jobs, further study and other life choices.

Modules

Year One

Introduction to Academia and the Sociological Imagination
Foundations of Psychology
Introduction to Psychology
Diversity, Identity and Wellbeing
Methods of Investigation
Year Two

Social Inquiry – Philosophy and Design
Social and Developmental Psychology
Psychological Literacy
Production and Consumption of Culture
Engaged Sociology
Year Three

Current Debates in Sociology
Sociology of Liberation
Interaction and Social Order
Poverty and Social Exclusion
Social Research – Theory and Practice
Changing World: Social Movement and Global Change
Year Four

Dissertation
European Social Policy and Politics
Options may include: Gender Justice and Violence: Feminist Approaches/ Queer Theory, Gender and Sexual Politics; Sociology of Scotland/ Public Sociology Education
The modules listed here are correct at time of posting (Feb 2020) but are likely to change following revalidation around April 2020. Please check back here for any updates.

Assessment methods

You will be taught in lectures, seminars and practical workshops. Outside these timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning through self-study.You will be assessed by essays and a variety of other ways including written reports, presentations and groupwork.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£13,500
per year
International
£13,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£1,820
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Queen Margaret University

Department:

School of Arts, Social Sciences and Management

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

80%
med
Sociology

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Sociology

Teaching and learning

89%
Staff make the subject interesting
98%
Staff are good at explaining things
89%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
77%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

86%
Library resources
89%
IT resources
89%
Course specific equipment and facilities
55%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

88%
UK students
12%
International students
25%
Male students
75%
Female students
93%
2:1 or above
18%
First year drop out rate

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Sociology

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

91%
low
Employed or in further education
23%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

18%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
11%
Welfare professionals
8%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers

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.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Sociology, social policy and anthropology

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£17k

£17k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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