St Mary's University, Twickenham

Course Introduction

A degree in Sociology offers a fascinating approach to the study of our contemporary world. With its roots in the rise of modern industrial society, sociology is well placed to explore and understand the personal and public issues of the 21st Century. Sociology is the study of how society is organized and how we experience life. It has been taught in British universities since the very beginning of the twentieth century. Today it continues to be a popular subject. Many ideas, such as 'moral panic', 'globalisation', 'networks' and 'charisma', are originally sociological but are now in everyday use. The questions sociology asks have lost none of their challenge and excitement. Some of them are so important that we are still grappling with them in new ways. If you study at St Mary's, you will be provided with opportunities to participate in international study tours ' such as Rome or Jerusalem ' and overseas study for a semester. There are also opportunities for workplace learning and internships. The Theology department is always delighted when anybody wants to join theological discussion and we are always fascinated to hear people articulate the reasons they have for their interest in Theology and Religious Studies. The team has many years of wide'ranging academic and pastoral experience, which is key to the shape of the programme we offer.

Course Modules

Sociology Level 1: Sociology students take three compulsory core courses: Society and experience, which introduces the key ideas in sociology through an exploration of social processes and institutions that we all have some familiarity with, such as the family, education, gender, employment and crime; research methods introduces techniques of social research, how to conduct interviews, life histories and social observations; contemporary social theory in the modern world examines the vision of classical sociology and its relevance to contemporary society; options are offered from the following areas: introduction to criminology; visual sociology and the media. Level 2: All students taking single honours sociology or joint honours sociology take two compulsory core courses: global societies and identities and research methods; global societies and identities pays specific attention to the structures and identities of social stratification within global modernity with emphasis on the UK, the European Union and the USA; Research Methods 2, introduces the use of the computer for social research; students can also choose two or more modules from the following: gender and sexuality; schooling and society; work, management and employment; contemporary religion and religious movements; rich world, poor world; crime and the media; gender and representation in film; representing race, culture and difference; researching the media; people and places; European thinkers; contemporary Islam; work experience; popular culture. Level 3: All students taking single honours sociology must take Modernity in the 21st Century as the core course and a Dissertation; all joint honours students must take a personal research module; students may do their own research by writing a 5,000 word essay or a 10,000 word project; modernity in the 21st Century covers issues of globalisation, ecology, new technologies, and cultural transformations in society. Theology and Religious Studies Level 1: The first year is foundational for students, whether studying for a single honours degree or as a joint honours degree; modules include: Foundations in Christian theology, which examines the content of Christian faith and practice in an ecumenical spirit; foundations in Biblical interpretation, which explores the Old and New Testaments in search of their historical and contemporary significance; foundations in religious studies, which examines the functions and dimensions of religion, with an introduction to six major world religions; foundation in western classics engages with the ideas which shape the cultural matrix of the West; in addition students could choose an optional module on religion, community and culture, which would involve them in fieldwork in various parts of London; students also have the opportunity to study options from Biblical Hebrew and New Testament Greek during their degree. Level 2: Modules include: Biblical studies: Hermeneutics of the Old Testament; synoptic gospels; Pauline Christianity; theology: grace and salvation; Christology and trinity; Eastern Christian traditions; religious studies: Buddhism, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, atheism and non religion. Level 3: Modules include: Biblical studies; gospel of John; prophets; apocalyptic; wisdom literature; theology; worship; liturgy and sacraments; ethics and spirituality; bioethics; issues in science and religion; ecclesiology; religious studies; religion in modern Britain; religion and gender; religious perspectives on conflict; mind soul and psychology; issues of identity.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • Tariff 112
  • SQA Higher BBBC
  • Irish Leaving Certificates CCCC
  • European Baccalaureate 60%
  • International Baccalaureate 28
  • GCE AS-level
  • BTEC National Certificate (12 units) MD
  • BTEC National Diploma MMD
  • BTEC National Award
  • GCE A-level
  • SQA Advanced Higher
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma D*D*
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma MMD
  • OCR National Certificate (6 Units)
  • OCR National Diploma (12 Units) D
  • OCR National Extended Diploma (18 Units) M2

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