Brunel University London

Course Introduction

What is society? How and why is it changing? What are the opportunities for future change and development? If you are fascinated by human behaviour and the societies in which we order ourselves, contemporary Sociology will feed your mind and stimulate your thinking. The earliest sociologists tried to understand the major issues of their time ' poverty, unemployment, social conflict ' in the context of rapid and profound industrial and economic change. Today sociologists look at how such social issues are redefined by contemporary processes of individualisation, globalisation and the rapid growth of new forms of communication.

Course Modules

Level 1 Core: Introduction to sociology; globalisation; introduction to social and cultural research; media, culture and society; introduction to social enquiry; individual and social processes. Level 2 Core: Social divisions; sociology of everyday life: issues in contemporary culture; research in practice; work and society. Options: (choose two) ethnography of the contemporary world; media genres and society; history and theory of social anthropology; British ethnic minorities. Level 3: Optional Work placement.. (for thick'sandwich mode of study). Level 4 Core: City lives: bodies, spaces and interaction; television studies; comedy, culture and the media; understanding audiences; crime, deviance and addiction health and the new politics of protest; sociology of health and illness; the age of new media; multiculturalism; popular music and popular culture.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
4 years
BSc (Hons) £13,500 ???abroad???
4 years
BSc (Hons) £9,000 ???home???

Qualifications required:

  • European Baccalaureate 70%
  • International Baccalaureate 29
  • GCE A-level BBC
  • SQA Advanced Higher BBC
  • Irish Leaving Certificates ABBBB
  • Foundation / access qualification
  • IELTS 6.5
  • GCE AS-level
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
  • SQA Higher
  • GCSE/SQA Standard Grade
  • OCR National Certificate (6 Units)
  • OCR National Diploma (12 Units)
  • OCR National Extended Diploma (18 Units)
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma

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86% Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course

The course is well organised and is running smoothly 91%
I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to 88%
The library resources and services are good enough for my needs 93%

£18,000 Average salary 6 months after course has finished

90% Go on to work and/or study

In work 75
Studying 10
Studying and working 5
Unemployed 5
Unknown 5

10% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 36%

Total Coursework: 64%

£4,500 - £6,900
Typical cost of university accommodation

£4,200 - £5,000
Typical cost of private accommodation