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Sociologists are mainly concerned with looking at how people behave in groups. Sociology explores certain contemporary institutions such as the family and education in society to see what role they play and how they affect the individuals who belong to them.

A benefit of studying this subject means that students will acquire knowledge and a critical understanding of contemporary social processes and social changes. They will appreciate the significance of theoretical and conceptual issues in sociological debate. There will be the opportunity to understand and evaluate sociological methodology and a range of research methods through active involvement in the research process.

Students will develop skills that enable them to focus on their personal identity, roles and responsibilities within society and develop a lifelong interest in social and political issues. Sociology will expose students to new ideas and ways of looking at life and this subject requires very specific high order skills such as application, analysis, interpretation and evaluation which are vital for success and excellent groundwork before entering Higher Education and the workplace.

Sociology can be fun to study because it is a dynamic subject which means that it is always changing enabling everyone to develop their own sociological imagination. Each year students have the opportunity to visit a student revision day or subject specific conference. There are frequent outside speakers who visit the department and offer their own experience of sociology in the real world.