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The BA Sociology with integrated year studying abroad degree at Aberystwyth University will train you to develop a critical awareness of and engagement with the social world. By studying this course, you will develop a thorough grounding in the conceptual and theoretical approaches that have been employed by sociologists to study the world around us. You will also develop your ability to analyse social phenomena through training in the collection, analysis and presentation of sociological data. Your integrated year studying abroad will be undertaken in-between your second and final year of study at Aberystwyth. You will have the option to study with one of our many European partners or further afield with our international partners. Visit our dedicated page of partners for further information.
Some of the distinctive aspects of Aberystwyth’s approach to Sociology include:
- emphasising the value and significance of a field-based approach to Sociology, with field exercises being integrated into lecture modules, and a dedicated Field-Based Sociology module in year 2
- integrating more applied perspectives into the teaching that we undertake on key themes and concepts in Sociology to demonstrate its real-world significance (and, in doing so, help with the employability of our Sociology graduates)
- drawing on our research strengths and to ensure that students are exposed to cutting-edge theoretical and empirical understandings of the social world.
A degree in BA Sociology at Aberystwyth will allow you to:
- be able to critically evaluate ideas, concepts and approaches across the whole of the subject and within particular branches of Sociology
- be able to carry out independent research, applying a range of skills in relation to data collection, analysis and presentation; have developed a range of skills and be able to apply them to a variety of Sociological issues
- be able to recognise that your learning experience has been positively reinforced by exposure to research
- to develop an increased cultural awareness developed during your time studying abroad
- be able to evaluate your own performance in a range of learning contexts and under different modes of assessment
- be able to work independently, in a team and with a social awareness of the contribution made by scholarship and applied research in their discipline to social policy
- have the necessary skills and awareness to seek employment in a variety of professional careers or to begin postgraduate research and study.
Department of Geography and Earth Science: lecturers are all qualified to PhD level or working towards a PhD.
Modules September start - 2024
Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.
|Conflict and Change: the making of urban and rural spaces *
|Introducing Sociological Research
|Key Concepts in Sociology
|Place and Identity
|Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology
|Globalization and Global Development
|Living in a Dangerous World
|Introduction to Social Theory
|Quantitative Data Analysis
|Social Research Methods *
|Sociological Research in the 'Field'
|Understanding (in)equality and (in)justice
|Everyday Social Worlds
|Sociology Dissertation *
|Contemporary Global Migration
|Gender and the Media
|Memory Cultures: heritage, identity and power
|The Global Countryside: Geographical and Sociological Perspectives
|The psychosocial century
|Urban Risk and Environmental Resilience
* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh
The study of Sociology provides a solid foundation for you to consider a wide range of careers including the media, social work, international development, community engagement, and the civil service to name a few. Nowadays, employers are seeking graduates who possess various skills which include the ability to think analytically and laterally. The BA in Sociology with integrated year studying abroad degree provides you with a breadth and flexibility of skills which is why Sociology graduates nationally are attractive to employers. Your enhanced skill set developed during your time studying abroad demonstrates to your future employer your ability to adapt and adjust to a new setting while embracing a new culture.
Sociology graduates have progressed on to:
- Criminology, the Police Force
- Health and Social Care
- Social Work
- Social Policy (including public housing, social work, local government administration and the voluntary sector)
- Public Relations
Teaching & Learning
During your first year of your course, you will be introduced to the main concepts, themes and perspectives of Sociology which include:
- Key concepts and theoretical approaches that have been and are developing within Sociology
- The relationships between individuals, groups and social structures
- Social Diversity and inequalities
- The role of culturally organised processes in life
- Processes underpinning social change
- The distinctive character of Sociology in relation to other forms of understanding, such as its relation to other disciplines and to everyday explanations
- The relationship between analysis of evidence and sociological arguments.
During your third year, you will undertake your year studying abroad with one of our European or International partners.
During your second and final year, the teaching will consider:
- Core knowledge and understanding modules to develop your capacities relating to your first year modules
- A range of qualitative, quantitative and digital data sources, research strategies and methods of data collection and analysis
- The importance of ethical issues in all forms of sociological data collection, analysis and argumentation
- Practical classes and fieldwork exercises.
During the duration of this course you will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, practical classes and fieldwork. Your assessments will depend on the modules that you select, however you may be assessed through the following: Examinations, Practical classes, Fieldwork, Coursework, Dissertation.
Typical Entry Requirements
UCAS Tariff 120 - 96
A Levels BBB-CCC
GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4):
English or Welsh and Mathematics
BTEC National Diploma:
English Language Requirements:
See our Undergraduate English Language Requirements for this course. Pre-sessional English Programmes are also available for students who do not meet our English Language Requirements.
Country Specific Entry Requirements:
International students whose qualification is not listed on this page, can check our Country Specific Entry Requirements for further information.
The University welcomes undergraduate applications from students studying the Access to Higher Education Diploma or T-level qualifications, provided that relevant subject content and learning outcomes are met. We are not able to accept Access to Higher Education Diplomas or T-levels as a general qualification for every undergraduate degree course.
Our inclusive admissions policy values breadth as well as depth of study. Applicants are selected on their own individual merits and offers can vary. If you would like to check the eligibility of your qualifications before submitting an application, please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for advice and guidance.