University of West London

Course Introduction

The BA (Hons) Applied Sociology is an academic discipline which will help you to understand many aspects of social life. Sociology as a theoretical and evidence-based subject will engage you in contemporary social issues where you will develop a complex understanding of human behaviours and societies and policy responses to them. As a sociology student you will develop your analytical skills, interpersonal skills, critical and problem solving skills alongside a range of soft skills, which are increasingly desirable across a range of areas, enabling you to progress to a graduate careers in a range of sectors. As a Sociology graduate you will be able to apply knowledge and research skills to understand social problems and policy issues affecting communities in local, national and global contexts.

The aim of the course is to inspire and develop you as an ethical social practitioner and social researcher.

The applied aspects of this course comes from being part of the School of Social Sciences (SHSS) capitalising on other disciplines taught within the School including:

• early years

• education

• politics

• community development

• social work

In particular as you move through the degree you can choose a pathway that emphasises either applied issues around rights and citizenship or education.

The issues surrounding social justice are also embedded throughout the degree, with particular emphasis given at each level to social problems and issues faced by young people.

All classes are taught in an engaging and participatory manner. You will be encouraged to try out what you have learned via a range of activities, such as:

• practical sessions

• workshop

• in-class debates

• creative reflection (using on-line and other media)

The personal tutoring system will ensure that you have the academic support you need throughout your course.

The applied character of the course is further enhanced in your second year when you will undertake a substantive, two-semester long placement that will give you valuable work based experience.

You will study core research modules are at each level of study, these will enable you to develop the skills needed in the professional employment market. Research also provides an opportunity for in-depth study of a particular topic that you are passionate about in your final year dissertation.

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Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) Other Fees