Abertay University Sociology

Abertay University Sociology

What you study#

In Years 1 and 2, you will study an array of core sociology modules on such themes as:

  • contemporary social issues
  • the media
  • social change
  • crime and criminal justice
  • sociological theory
  • the internet

You will also have the opportunity to study theme-based, interdisciplinary elective modules, as well as subject modules in cognate areas such as criminology and psychology.

In Years 3 and 4, you will have the opportunity to engage with an array of core and specialist option modules in sociology. These will cover areas such as

  • sociological theory
  • gender
  • propaganda
  • surveillance
  • violence
  • the environment
  • research methods
  • work and consumption
  • sexuality
  • human rights
  • cultural representations of crime

In Year 4, your final year, you will also design and produce your own research project under the dedicated supervision of a member of academic staff.

An optional work placement is available in Year 4, and will require attendance at a relevant work setting outside the University.

For more information on the course content, download the Programme information – BA with Honours in Sociology

How you learn and are assessed

You will learn through an array of teaching modes including lectures, tutorials, seminars, workshops, online discussion forums, video screenings, guest speaker presentations, directed and private study, and student-focussed group work.

You will be assessed through a number of methods, including supervised examinations, essays, reports, portfolios, presentations, project work, class and online tests, trust-and-honour examinations and reflective analyses.

Examination techniques

A wide variety of assessments will be used to assess you throughout your degree, including essays, reports, critical reviews, case studies, examinations, presentations, and a final year dissertation. Around a third of the course is assessed through examination, although the precise proportion will be dependent on your module choices.