Sociology

Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

Sociology

UndergraduateBA (Hons)

Year of entry:
UCAS code: L300

What you'll study

A truly 21st-century sociology degree: you’ll study the forces that drive society – from #MeToo to modern slavery and cyber extremism – creating websites, podcasts, photo essays, and short films.

We offer a foundation year to boost your skills and knowledge if you don't quite meet our academic entry requirements.

First year

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

Compulsory modules

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • Visualising the Other

    This module will introduce you to the concept and idea of the 'other'. You will be exploring how difference is socially constructed, how it plays out on a visual level and how visual material is used to include some and exclude others.

  • Introducing the Sociological Imagination

    This module maps the relationship between the individual and society. It will encourage you to think of yourself as a sociologist and to consider your place in the world.

  • World Perspectives: Understanding Global Diversity

    This module will introduce you to sociological debates about global cultural difference and diversity. You'll learn to question taken-for-granted assumptions about global cultural difference and diversity and come to understand that they are often products of particular socio-historical circumstances.

  • Social Theory: The Question of Modernity

    Discover how the kind of society we live in has been theorised over the last 150 years by exploring the work of 'the founding fathers'; Marx, Durkheim and Weber and their 'offspring', including major theorists like Bourdieu.

  • Collecting Social Data

    The module takes an integrative approach to research ethics and design. This provides a foundation for critical skills in understanding research, as well as the practical skills to conduct independent research.

  • Apocalypse and Utopia

    Narratives of the end of the world are omnipresent in popular culture. You will study the relevance of apocalyptic and utopian narratives and how they are used to elicit hope or instil fear in politics, urban planning, technology research, or warfare. You will also be introduced to key technical skills important for today's digital society.

Second year

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

Compulsory modules

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • Exploring Post-Theory

    This module continues the exploration of social theory by going beyond the mainstream and the conventional. It introduces excluded and marginalised voices: post-feminists, 'queers', ex-colonials, post-modernists and post-humans.

  • Visual and Material Cultures

    Explore how visual phenomena, such as popular media, and material objects, such as fashion and food, express norms and produce culture. You will become a visual researcher yourself and create a piece of visual research.

  • Inequalities, Social Divisions and Social Conflict

    In the era of austerity, social mobility in the UK has flatlined and social inequalities have become a cause for increasing political debate and public disquiet. You will consider the following topics: the relationship between politics, power and inequalities; the form and scale of inequalities; social class and social divisions; inequalities in relation to gender, ‘race’ and disability; the ‘problem of youth’; and the causes and consequences of social conflict through the window of the English riots, 2011.

  • Digital Citizens and Participatory Cultures

    On this module, you’ll learn how to critically analyse social media for its cultural content and the creation of new knowledge.

  • Analysing Social Data

    This module builds on the Collecting Social Data research methods module and focuses on the next stages of social research, involving analysis and interpretation of research data. You will cover a range of approaches for analysis and interpretation of a variety of qualitative and quantitative social research data.

  • Decolonising Otherness

    Learn about the 'otherness' of the non-Western other and how its most misunderstood beliefs and practices - magic, ritual and myth - can be de-colonised and become familiar.

Final year

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

Compulsory modules

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • Sociology Dissertation and Writing Ethnography Dissertation

    Become an expert in an area that sparks your interest. You’ll investigate and research your topic and then present your findings in a professional and polished way.

  • Sociology of Popular Culture

    Examine the social significance of popular culture and investigate how it can both reinforce and challenge inequalities of race, class, gender and sexuality. You'll explore key theories and concepts by engaging with a variety of popular cultural forms. A series of workshops also integrate feedback and feed-forward sessions that assess current performance and offer constructive guidance on how to do better.

  • Sociology at Work

    Learn about human development theory and apply this knowledge through the investigation of recent UK employment policy and labour market institutions.

  • Modern Day Slavery in the UK

    Modern Slavery in the UK has risen exponentially over the past 20 years, from a few thousand victims at the turn of the Millennium, to an estimated 136,000 today (Global Slavery Index, 2018).  You will consider internationally recognised definitions of modern slavery and of how its incidence and scale is measured. 

Optional modules

Optional modules let you tailor the course to your interests. Please note, the availability of optional modules can vary each trimester. And some modules may require prior study (taking an earlier module, for example).

  • Understanding and Interpreting Quantitative Data

    This module provides valuable quantitative research skills required for the dissertation and the job market. You will learn how to present quantitative results in a meaningful and informative way and to develop skills that allow you to accurately interpret and critically assess statistical output.

  • Cyberspace, Identity and Youth

    Explore contemporary, sociological understandings of cyberspace, place, young people and identity. This module critically engages with a range of contemporary mobile and internet technologies.

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More about this course

Explore society and social life as it's lived and experienced in all its complexity and cultural diversity. Sociology at Hull focuses on real events that are reshaping the world around us. You'll engage with key issues such as identity politics, culture, inequalities, globalisation, media, conflict, religion and belief, and deviance. You can choose from a wide range of options, graduating with a breadth of knowledge about social structures and social life.

  • 99% of our students are in work or further study six months after graduating (Destinations of Leavers Survey, for the academic year 2016/17, published by HESA 2018)
  • Assignments are varied to consider your individual learning style and include producing material in various formats: creating websites, podcasts, posters, photo blogs and video clips
  • At Hull, you don't just sit and listen, you do the subject - gaining the practical skills that social scientists use to investigate and explain our constantly changing world
  • You’ll get a range of field trip opportunities to places like Manchester, Camden and the V&A in London and to the Quaker meeting house in Bournville to examine subjects from different perspectives.

You'll develop an understanding of social and cultural diversity, historical transformation, and of shifting boundaries and forms of society. The practical and transferable skills gained on this degree equip you for employment in a range of professional careers.

Teaching and learning

Throughout your degree, you’re expected to study for 1,200 hours per year. That’s based on 200 hours per 20 credit module. And it includes scheduled hours, time spent on placement and independent study. How this time’s divided among each of these varies each year and depends on the course and modules you study.

Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions. The types of scheduled lessons you’ll have depend on the course you study.

Placement hours typically include time spent on a work placement, studying abroad, or field trips.

Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently. This typically involves coursework, assignments, reading, preparing presentations and exam revision.

Assessment
Written
Practical
Coursework

First year

100%

Second year

100%

Final year

18%

82%


Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests.

Practical is an assessment of your skills and competencies. This could include presentations, school experience, work experience or laboratory work.

Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

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Where you'll study

The location below may not be the exact location of all modules on your timetable. The buildings you'll be taught in can vary each year and depend on the modules you study.

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Studying sociology and social sciences at Hull means examining the forces and events – like Brexit – that shape the world around us.

Right from the start, you'll gain practical skills that social scientists use to investigate and explain our constantly changing world.

Our students learn by doing sociology, including creating websites, podcasts, posters, photo blogs and short video clips.

Entry requirements

2019 Tariff points: 112 points. Points can be from any qualifications on the UCAS tariff, but must include at least 80 points from

  • A levels
  • BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • CACHE Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • Irish Leaving Certificate
  • Scottish Highers
  • Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma
  • or a combination of appropriate Level 3 qualifications 

UCAS has changed the way that qualifications earn points under the Tariff system. Please click here to work out your estimated points and to find out more about how the University of Hull considers qualifications.

Alternative qualifications 

  • IB Diploma: 28 points.
  • Access to HE Diploma: pass with minimum of 45 credits at merit.

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match the combinations shown above. Please contact the University’s Admissions Service for individual guidance.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.

Fees and funding

  • Home/EU: £9,250 per year*
  • International: £14,000 per year

*The amount you pay may increase each year, in line with inflation - but capped to the Retail Price Index (RPI).

UK and EU students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course, and UK students can take out a maintenance loan of up to £8,700 to cover living costs.

Substantial discounts are available for International students.  

More information on fees can be found in the Money section of the website.

Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover most costs associated with your programme (including registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examination).

There are some extra costs that you might have to pay, or choose to pay, depending on your programme of study and the decisions you make. The list below has some examples, and any extra costs will vary.

  • Books (you’ll have access to books from your module reading lists in the library, but you may want to buy your own copies
  • Optional field trips
  • Study abroad (including travel costs, accommodation, visas, immunisation)
  • Placement costs (including travel costs and accommodation)
  • Student visas (international students)
  • Laptop (you’ll have access to laptops and PC’s on campus, but you may want to buy your own)
  • Printing and photocopying
  • Professional-body membership
  • Graduation (gown hire and photography)

Remember, you’ll still need to take into account your living costs. This could include accommodation, travel and food – to name just a few. 

Future prospects

From the start of your course, a friendly team of experienced careers advisers, employer liaison and information staff are here to assist you, whether or not you have any firm ideas about the next step in your career.

We run an extensive programme of events to develop your career awareness and helping you to explore opportunities, including employer talks and careers fairs. We offer one-to-one advice and guidance - a truly personal service - which supports you and your career plans - and you will have a named careers adviser for your subject.

The Careers Service offers a range of services to assist you to develop the skills looked for by employers, including skills workshops, practice interviews and practice ability tests. It has extensive information, both web-based and in printed format, which is kept up to date with the latest job and work experience vacancies.

We maintain very close links with graduate employers on a local, national and international level, so we can offer you the best advice available. We also work closely with academic colleagues and student committees to provide specific opportunities, information and events for your course. Many of our academic programmes offer you the opportunity to undertake an internship or work placement.

One of the things that make our Careers Service stand out from those at other universities is that we continue to offer you careers services beyond graduation. Once you have begun studying at Hull, we are here to guide you at any point.

Our Careers Service was one of the first to be accredited against the new matrix quality standards for advice, information and guidance services.