WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?
Sociology at Coventry is a lively discipline linking classical and contemporary theory to consider current social issues and will provide you with relevant expertise for employment in a range of ﬁelds in today’s global society.
As well as gaining a thorough grounding in social theory and research methodology, you will develop an understanding of the most important issues of our times, learning how to analyse and understand the society we live in. You will think critically about the changes and challenges of everyday social life.
If you choose this course you will beneﬁt from:
- links with national and local employers including the Refugee Centre and Citizens Advice Bureau;
- placement opportunities with local authorities and community, health and welfare settings;
- talks from guest speakers, events and conferences featuring national and international politicians and dignitaries;
- access to an experienced, open and friendly team of lecturers who employ a wide variety of teaching methods and are actively engaged in research which they bring into their teaching;
- an international curriculum and the options of an overseas ﬁeld trip, study abroad or an overseas placement;
- activities and events set up by the History, International Relations, Politics and Sociology Society (HIPSOC), a society created and run by the students of the department.
WHAT WILL I LEARN?
The course is regularly reviewed and updated to reflect current social issues, debates and new developments in the social sciences.
In your ﬁrst year you will develop a general understanding of sociology, examining concepts of society, social issues, theory and policy.
In your second year you will broaden your understanding of social theory and social phenomena, acquire social research training and further specialise in speciﬁc subject areas of your choice such as gender, race and ethnicity or social class. You then have the option of a year abroad or a placement.
Your ﬁnal year will allow you to strengthen your knowledge on core topics and complete a dissertation in your own area of expertise and interest.
HOW WILL THIS COURSE BE TAUGHT?
Your course will be based on a series of lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, online discussions as well as web-based and multimedia activities. There are opportunities to take part in debates, attend talks with invited guest speakers and join an overseas ﬁeld trip. In addition, your personal tutor will review and discuss your progress with you and will be available for advice.
TEACHING CONTACT HOURS
In a typical week you will have up to 14 contact hours of teaching and this will break down as:
Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 1 hour of small group or individually guided work each week;
Medium group teaching: 5 hours of seminars, tutorials and workshops each week;
Large group teaching: 8 hours of lectures, online discussions and web-based activities each week;
Personal study: 23 hours each week studying and revising in your own time.
Essential entry requirements
5 GCSEs at grade A*–C including English Language and Mathematics, or speciﬁed equivalents.
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: DMM.
Access: The Access Diploma to include 30 Level 3 credits at Merit, plus GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade A*-C, or specified equivalents.
International Baccalaureate Diploma: 28 points.
English as a Foreign Language: IELTS 6.0.
Find out more about acceptable equivalent qualifications here.
How will this course enhance my career prospects?
Recent graduates are now employed in the private sector in industries ranging from banking and ﬁnance to media, and across the public sector in education, the civil service, police forces, local authorities, charities and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs).
Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University's Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.
The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university. The key: developing and enhancing students' employability, and delivering a serious competitive advantage in the jobs market. At Coventry, that starts right from the beginning.
The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and which broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very broad range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.
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GLOBAL LEADERS PROGRAMME
To prepare students for the challenges of the global employment market and to strengthen and develop their broader personal and professional skills Coventry University has developed a unique Global Leaders Programme.
The objectives of the programme, in which postgraduate and eligible undergraduate students can participate, is to provide practical career workshops and enable participants to experience different business cultures.
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Graduate - Amy Eyles
When I completed my degree I went on to secure a place on a graduate trainee scheme working within a government department.