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Sociology is the study of people and society. Our Sociology degree examines how individual choices are affected by wider social forces and can be understood only by placing them in their social context. We study the relationship between individuals and groups, issues of belonging and identity, the social causes of cooperation and conflict, and the way societies and social institutions are formed and change over time. You can also study sociology with a wide range of other subjects as a joint honours degree.
We introduce you to key sociological ideas, by studying the relationship between individuals and groups through examining the examples of social change, drug use, violence and gender. You’ll select from a wide range of optional courses, depending on the degree programme you choose.
You study Identity and its impact on today’s world; examine how social scientists use theory and evidence, and take three optional courses, depending on your degree programme.
You will learn research skills, do a group research project, and study social theory. Optional courses cover environment and risk, globalization, nationalism, the internet, and youth culture.
In your final year you will take more optional courses and complete an individual research project supported by a member of teaching staff with opportunities to present your research findings to your peers.
We use a combination of tutorials and lectures, online resources, class discussions and presentations.
You will be assessed primarily through exams and coursework, and in your fourth year you will complete an individual research project.
Whichever degree you select, studying Sociology at Edinburgh equips you with the valuable transferable skills to make a success of the career you choose in an ever-changing job market. You may work in the private sector, voluntary sector, local or central government, the media or journalism, or use your practical and research skills to work in market research. Many graduates go on to postgraduate study and an academic career or teaching.
The School of Social & Political Science is in the University’s Central Area with easy access to the University’s library and computer facilities.
In year three you may study abroad through the University’s International Exchange Programme.
Taking Sociology at the University of Edinburgh has meant being on a highly interesting and varied course, which gives students considerable freedom to build on their own interests. It has also meant being part of an extremely friendly and lively Sociology department that hosts many academic and social events, allowing me to make the most of my time here.
This article was published on Jun 29, 2012