City University London

Course Introduction

Students are introduced to the major theoretical perspectives in sociology and specific current issues and debates, while the media studies element of the course provides an invaluable understanding of the expanding role of the media in contemporary society. Specialist courses taught by leading researchers encourage the critical study of various media, including the broadcasting media, print media, film and new media technologies in both a national and a global context. Our academics are leaders in their fields and bring their internationally recognised scholarship and research into their teaching. Students are encouraged to take advantage of the excellent internship opportunities that City's central London location provides. Sociology students have secured placements with a diversity of organisations, large and small, international and local and often situated within minutes of the University, working in the areas of media and communications, crime and justice, human rights, migration and refugee support and mental health. Graduates have gone on to careers in the Civil Service, broadcasting, press and public relations, education, non'governmental organisations, think'tanks, the criminal justice system, protective agencies and health and social services.

Course Modules

Year 1 core modules: foundations in sociology; sociology in action; understanding the modern world; media, history and politics; contemporary issues in media studies. Elective modules include: exploring London; introduction to criminology 1: crime and society; introduction to criminology 2: crime and the individual; contemporary issues in global politics ' 20th century; contemporary issues in global politics ' 21st century; history and theory in psychology; lifespan psychology; theories of global politics; a language module (French, German or Spanish). Year 2 core modules: doing sociology 1; doing sociology 2.Core elective modules: circuit of culture: production, representation, consumption; new media challenges; television and sport; interpreting news and documentary. Elective modules include: identities and personal relationships; social theory 2; violence, criminal justice policy; key issues in criminology; sociology of punishment; understanding social change. Year 3 core module: sociology project. Core elective modules include: the global media system; transnational communication in Europe; media, war and terrorism; media, cities and culture. Elective modules include: sociology of human rights; victimology; quantitative analysis of social research data; policing and crime control; youth, crime and society; global migration processes; reading sociology; sociology of race and racism; social movements and political action; approaches to film; gender and society; new media: from cyberspace to social media; sociology of contemporary Europe; crime, news and criminal justice.

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

Qualifications required:

  • GCE A-level
  • SQA Higher BBBBC
  • Irish Leaving Certificates BBBBBB
  • European Baccalaureate 65%
  • International Baccalaureate 32
  • GCE AS-level
  • BTEC National Certificate (12 units)
  • BTEC National Diploma DDD
  • BTEC National Award
  • GCSE/SQA Standard Grade

Key Course Information

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96% Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course

The course is well organised and is running smoothly 88%
I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to 83%
The library resources and services are good enough for my needs 75%

£23,000 Average salary 6 months after course has finished

85% Go on to work and/or study

In work 65
Studying 15
Studying and working 5
Unemployed 15
Unknown 0

13% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 16%

Total Coursework: 75%

Total Practical: 10%

£7,800 - £10,000
Typical cost of university accommodation

£5,500 - £7,800
Typical cost of private accommodation