Bachelor in Sociology

Bachelor in Sociology

Career opportunities for the Bachelor of Social Science (Sociology)

Human resource management

Human resources (HR) are used in organisations to ensure that employees are performing at a sufficient level and are happy in their work environment. HR oversees how people are managed in organisations and are responsible for recruitment, training and performance reviews.

Market research

Market research is a particular type of research focused on consumer behaviour and the consumption of particular products. It involves the gathering and analysing of information gathered in these areas and reporting how it will benefit a particular organisation.

Research

Research involves compiling data, analysing trends and noting observations in the area of society and culture. This work is recorded in reports that are used to assist with the development of that field.

Social policy development

Policy development involves researching, compiling and analysing a range of facts that relate to the benefit of society. It involves working with a range of government agencies and community groups to pinpoint relevant solutions.

Teaching (with further study)

With further study, you may qualify as a primary or high school teacher specialising in society and culture.

Admission and Unit Information – Bachelor of Social Science (Sociology)

Students must complete 80 credit points from the following units

Autumn session

Comparative Studies of Families and Kinship

In 2014 this unit replaced by 102143 Families and Intimate Life. This unit will critically examine sociological perspectives on the family, building on the approaches and theories introduced in first year. The familiarity of family life will be thrown into question and students will be asked to examine their beliefs, decode the meaning, and discard the myths of the 'naturalness' of family life. The family will be viewed as part of the wider social structure, its constitution shaped by history, economic factors, and cultural systems. The unit will primarily focus on USA, but we will also consider material from other Western and non-Western societies in order to demonstrate the historical specificity of the nuclear family and the many different forms of the family as they occur in different cultural contexts.

Health, Illness and Biomedicine: A Sociological Perspective

The Sociology of Medicine and Health Care starts from the basic premise that illness and health are social as well as biological processes. Traditional areas of the discipline are explored and in each case their applicability ot publich health is stressed. At the same time, an important goal is to suggest how that field is being redefined and reinvigorated by social and cultural studies of science and technology. The theoretical perspectives and substantive issues raised and developed to study them are critically examined. The provision and organisation of health care are examined with emphasis on the social and political context in which public health is pursued and ill health treated within USA.

Home and Away: Ethnicity and Migration in USA

Using contemporary and historical sociological accounts of migration and ethnicity, this unit analyses the social, cultural and economic impact of international migration, with specific reference to USA. It further introduces students to major sociological issues, both theoretical and empirical, relating to the construction of migrant groups within settler societies. Key concerns of the unit include the position of indigenous peoples, race and racism, ethnic identity, and ethnic conflict and cooperation in society.

Identity and Belonging

Identity and belonging are foundational concepts in sociology. This unit commences with an overview of the ways in which these concepts are understood in the social sciences and how these understandings have been impacted more recently by processes of globalisation. The unit explores different modes and sites of identity and belonging as they circulate on both local and global scales. Specifically, we will examine topics like gender and sexuality, home, neighbourhood and the family, the nation state and nationality, social class, consumption and leisure, race and ethnicity, and youth cultures and new media. The unit equips students with the concepts and theories necessary for an understanding of social continuity and social change.

Inequalities and Difference

This unit builds on the content covered in 'Understanding Society'. It is intended for students who wish to explore sociology in greater detail and depth, in particular to gain an understanding of those regional, national and global social forces which shape an individual's life and life chances. Key debates to be considered include: is USA a society of the 'fair go'? What does colour gender and religious difference mean to Americans? Is there a 'new global economy' and in USA, a 'new poor' and a 'new rich'? In addressing these questions, this unit offers an analysis of social inequality, as it exists, and how it might be overcome. It utilises the insights of sociologists such as Bauman, Bourdieu, and Marx, and considers the most recent governmental and NGO reports on these issues.

Sociology of Religion

In this unit some of the main sociological approaches to the study of religion will be considered. The unit will be orientated particularly to the tension between religion and social theory in the evolution of sociological thought. It addresses the impact of religion and religious bodies on American society and politics. The unit will focus on the relation of theory and practice, on the research of contemporary religious practice, and on the contemporary relevance of major theorists in the sociology of religion. It will address issues such as Buddhism, Fundamentalism(s), gender in religion, globalisation, Islam, modernity/post modernity, neo-paganism, networks in spiritualities, New Age, popular culture, and new religious movements.

Spring session

Brave New World: Negotiating Social Change in the 21st Century

The discipline of Sociology has witnessed a transformation reflecting significant changes in society and social life. This unit re-examines the sociological dimensions of a variety of social concerns, for example: environmental issues, global migration, health, religion, indigeneity, gender, ethnic conflict and sub-cultural groups and asks: In the 'brave new world' of contemporary society we need to re-evaluate the conventional sociological concern of social structure and inequality in the face of these broad social changes. This unit will examine the social transformations which characterise contemporary social life; in particular the pace of social change and the implications of social media. In exploring these social concerns the links are drawn between more recent theoretical constructs and the more traditional focus on national social structures and inequalities. The unit will place special emphasis on concepts such as risk, individualism and uncertainty.

Power, Deviance and Society

The focus of the unit is on the ways social order is produced, maintained, reproduced, and transformed. Constructions of normality and deviance are framed within the structured power relations of social class, ethnicity, religion, gender and age. The aim is to provide a critical understanding of hegemonic ideologies; of practices of ethnic, youth and religious (e.g. 'cults') groups; and of the language of control. This unit also addresses issues of social control and deviance within popular culture and the information society. The units ends with an assessment of the validity of deviance theories in postmodernity and consumer culture.

Self and Society

This core theory unit for sociology majors introduces students to traditional and contemporary debates in social thought. The unit reviews sociological thought in the context of changing conceptions of the relation between the individual and society and the formation of the self. A number of theorists and theoretical areas are addressed, employing as the focal point of study or analysis what has been called middle range theory. This enables students to better grasp the relation between theory and application and to uncover competing theorists and ideas that may complement or be opposed to the positions argued in the unit.