2022/23 entry

BA (Hons) Sociology

Start date:

September 2022

Study mode:

Full time

Course Duration:

3 years

UCAS code:

L300

Points required:

104

Campus:

Mt Pleasant

Tuition fees (per year)

Home (full-time):
£9,250
International (full-time):
£16,100
Placement (home student):
£1,850
Placement (international student):
£3,650
All figures are subject to yearly increases.
Tuition fees are subject to parliamentary approval.

General enquiries:

0151 231 5090

Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies:

0151 231 5175

APSadmissions@ljmu.ac.uk

International enquiries

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Why study Sociology at Liverpool John Moores University?

  • 95% of our students agreed they were satisfied with their degree in the 2020 National Student Survey
  • Hands-on research methods training with field work activities
  • Excellent learning experiences - read a blog written by Jan Andre Lee Ludvigsen, a recent Sociology graduate
  • Teaching from leading scholars who have published books and articles on many topics, including the sociology of global football, the life and work of Max Weber, the shifting politics of race and racism, and gender divisions in Nepali society
  • Study unique pathways that reflect the diversity of the discipline and student interest, including the sociology of culture (identity, religion, music and photography), social inequalities (class, gender and sexuality, disability, health), social policy (sociology in action and green issues) and global issues (social scales, mobilities, development, societal differences and pathways)
  • Training in core methods and sociological theory
  • An international perspective, including field visits
  • Work placement opportunities in teaching, international development, charities, tourism, the media, creative and heritage industries

About your course

BA (Hons) Sociology at LJMU is a varied degree, which offers a unique opportunity to undertake a contemporary, critical and sector-leading programme of study. The degree will develop your research skills and help you explore alternate ideas and respect points of view that may be contrary to your own, including providing core training in sociological methods and theory.

The Sociology degree provides a balance of core and optional modules, delivering a thorough grounding in theory and method, alongside cutting-edge and emerging theoretical and methodological approaches. The programme endeavours to recognise the history and legacy of sociology while also developing its insights to contemporary and emerging problems.

You can choose to follow your own pathway by selecting modules that contribute to a theme or themes including social divisions and inequality, social policy, culture, and globalisation. At the same time, individual modules contribute to more than one pathway given the intersection of various themes (e.g. the globalisation of culture), and because social variables such as class, age, disability, gender, beliefs and ideologies operate in society at all times with different impacts.

The opportunities to consider societies other than the UK, and to do so in some depth in a variety of modules means that the curriculum is international in focus. It also provides unique opportunities to study in South Asian societies, to participate in study exchanges in other countries in Europe and beyond, or to undertake supervised field visits. Previous field visits have taken place in Brussels and Nepal, for example.

 

 

The teaching of well-established and emerging theory is combined with core training in both qualitative and quantitative methodologies, and balances 'action research' with other forms of social enquiry. In the final year, research method teaching embraces more recent methodological innovations including visual and sensory approaches.

The modules offered on the degree reflect the sociological work undertaken by members of staff, and are inspired by their research and contributions to national and international debates. This ensures that the curriculum is up-to-date, peer reviewed and engaged with contemporary issues and approaches. In the final year, all optional modules are designed to encourage you to make your own enquiries into relevant questions and issues. For example, you could choose to study contemporary issues and work closely with staff in areas such as the sociology of religion, of music or sport, disability, radical social policy, gender studies, emotions and aesthetics, and benefit from the departmental expertise in South East Asian societies. You will also have the opportunity to study a topic of your own choice in depth by choosing to write a dissertation.

"“Studying Sociology at LJMU presented interesting and engaging challenges across the three years. The diversity of both the core and option modules provided opportunities to pursue my personal interest areas further, whilst also discovering new ones. Staff offered first class support and were always happy to help. The highlight of the course was the unique opportunity to carry out research in real life and international settings.”"

Nathan Marshall-Jones, Graduate

Fees and funding

There are many ways to fund study for home and international students

Fees

The fees quoted above cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:

  • Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to programme-appropriate software
  • Library and student IT support
  • Free on-campus wifi via eduroam

Additional costs

Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:

  • accommodation and living expenditure
  • books (should you wish to have your own copies)
  • printing, photocopying and stationery
  • PC/laptop (should you prefer to purchase your own for independent study and online learning activities)
  • mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
  • field trips (travel and activity costs)
  • placements (travel expenses and living costs)

Money

  • student visas (international students only)
  • study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
  • academic conferences (travel costs)
  • professional-body membership
  • graduation (gown hire etc)

Funding

There are many ways to fund study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist funding pages.

Employability

Each year, Sociology graduates enter a variety of professions and careers.

Our graduates find career opportunities in:

  • social services
  • local and national Government and the civil service
  • youth work
  • lecturing and teaching
  • career guidance
  • research
  • journalism
  • third sector advocacy
  • think tanks
  • policy development

Some go on to careers in police and probation services; human resource management; legal services; marketing and advertising; ICT development; business and finance; publishing; health services; health promotion and public health; ecology and environmental campaigning; and international development.

Careers, Employability and Enterprise Service

We are committed to ensuring all of our students experience a transformation in their employability skills and mindset and their career trajectory. A wide range of opportunities and support is available to you, within and beyond your course.

Every undergraduate curriculum includes Future Focus, an e-learning resource and workshop designed to help you to develop personal insight into your talents, passion and purpose. It will enable you to become more proactive, adaptable and resilient in your awareness and approach to career possibilities. You’ll be encouraged to engage with personal and professional development opportunities.

A suite of learning experiences, services and opportunities is available to final year students to help ensure you leave with a great onward plan and the means to make it a reality.

Our Centre for Entrepreneurship can help you to grow your enterprise skills and to research, plan and start your own business. You also have access to Careers Zone 24/7, LJMU’s state-of-the-art suite of online tools and resources; opportunities for flexible, paid and part-time work through Unitemps, themed webinars; an annual programme of employer events; funded extracurricular internships and one-to-one advice to accelerate your job search, CV and interview technique.

Applicant key information

Course review and revalidation.

This course is currently undergoing its scheduled programme review, which may impact the advertised modules. Programme review is a standard part of the University’s approach to quality assurance and enhancement, enabling us to ensure that our courses remain up to date and maintain their high standard and relevancy.

Once the review is completed, this course website page will be updated to reflect any approved changes to the advertised course. These approved changes will also be communicated to those who apply for the course to ensure they wish to proceed with their application.

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What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study

Further guidance on modules

Modules are designated core or option in accordance with professional body requirements, as applicable, and LJMU’s Academic Framework Regulations.

Whilst you are required to study core modules, optional modules are also included to provide you with an element of choice within the programme. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Where changes to modules are necessary these will be communicated as appropriate.

Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course:

Programme specification document (PDF)

Level 4

Core modules

Identities and Studying Sociology
20 credits

This module develops your deep understanding of sociological perspectives on identity and representation, and equality and diversity, in contemporary society, whilst exploring the intersections of race, class, gender, sexuality, age, disability and social class. Moreover, the module will develop, enhance and practise essential academic study skills, including library searches, identifying and analysing relevant sources, referencing, and academic writing. Also integral to the module will be individual meetings with your personal tutor in order to review your transition into higher education and academic progress during your first year of study.

Sociological Imaginations
20 credits

Through a history of sociology, explored through its major thinkers and their texts and activities, from the origins of the discipline to modern times, this module enables you to investigate the nature of the sociological vocation and the range of sociological imaginations developed by individual sociological thinkers and institutional schools of sociology. You will explore how sociology both reflects and critically engages with its social and cultural context and major historical events and processes, which it seeks to understand and often seeks to change. The ways in which sociology draws on, but also distances itself from, other forms of knowing, including theological, literary, biological, historical, psychological and visual imaginations, is kept in mind throughout and encountered in the selected texts on the module.

Contemporary Social and Green Issues
20 credits

This module enables you to examine contemporary social and environmental issues of prominence and it will demonstrate the contribution of different sociological approaches to your understanding. It will become apparent that a key strength of sociology is its diverse and challenging interpretations of social and green issues.

Researching the Everyday
20 credits

This module will enable you to understand, evaluate and analyse small scale qualitative data that you collect in groups. You will be introduced to the research process and plan out a research design for a small piece of group research. A group presentation will take place in a student conference setting.

Culture and Sociology
20 credits

This module begins with an examination of the relationship between sociology and culture, focusing on literary and cultural form and the emergence of sociology. Then you will examine the emergence of culture as a domain of proper sociological enquiry, exploring the ways in which sociologists have approached the analysis of culture. Having contextualised the relationship between culture and sociology in these ways, you will explore a range of approaches to the sociological analysis of cultural texts and practices, focusing in particular on semiotics, to provide you with the skills to analyse a selected film case study.

Global Issues and Society
20 credits

Through a series of lectures and seminars the process of globalisation will be explored and key theories that explain global inequalities will be outlined. Seminars and lectures will support your learning and enable the meaning of globalisation to be explored and the competing theories that explain global inequalities to be considered. Case studies will be used to provide examples of contemporary issues and the range of social action that can take pace to address these inequalities.

Level 5

Core modules

Researching British Society
20 credits

In this module you will learn to understand, evaluate and analyse the merits and shortcomings of secondary data analysis of a large quantitative dataset, downloadable from the UK Data Archive. You will use these skills to generate sociological arguments based upon a large dataset.

Knowing the Modern World
20 credits

This module enables you to explore the development of sociological theory and how it enables the understanding of current social issues and debates. You will compare and contrast theorists’ work to establish an appreciation of the issues and tensions surrounding their theoretical orientation. 

Research in Action
20 credits

In this module you will develop a range of essential qualitative research skills to undertake and reflect upon problem solving research within a supportive environment. The module builds on the EBL in Level 4 and enhances your abilities to engage in research activities. The module includes a short field trip to apply methods in 'the real world' developing the transferable skills. For students who are intending to write a dissertation at Level 6, this module provides an essential grounding.

Cultural and Critical Theory
20 credits

This module introduces you to a series of key thinkers in order to trace out the emergence of key strands in contemporary cultural and critical theory in relation to particular challenges associated with modernity and the conceptual, ethical, and political questions these presented. A particular emphasis will be placed upon the constitution and experiences of modern subjects in relation to what might be termed the violence and trauma of modernity. The thinkers covered might may be subject to change, but might indicatively include writers such as Adorno, Horkheimer, Benjamin, Gramsci, Foucault, Lacan, Butler, and Agamben, among others.

Optional modules

Society and Environment in Conflict
20 credits

This module enables you to critically examine a range of prominent social and environmental conflicts in order to enhance your understanding of the origins, nature and consequences of conflict in society as well as possibilities for their resolution.

The Medicalised Body: The Sociology of Health and Illness
20 credits

The first section of this module introduces you to the key areas in the sociology of health and illness, bringing together the contribution of different perspectives and methodological approaches which characterise sociological research in this area. It will allow you to understand the dominance of the biomedical model and how it has come to attempt to define experiences of health and illness. The second section will introduce you to the concept of medicalisation and we will use this lens to interrogate the ways in which bodies are 'othered', compartmentalised and differently treated. The related field of 'healthism' will further be explored and you will be challenged to consider the potential advantages and disadvantages of such processes in relation to the perceptions and treatment of certain bodies. 

Politics and Popular Culture
20 credits

This module enables you to explore politics and popular culture as a sub-field that articulates the ways in which politics is understood through popular culture. It demonstrates how theory as a means of making sense of the world impacts upon the everyday. It provides you with an opportunity to take ownership over your learning process through student-led seminars, guided by preceding interactive lectures.

International Organisations
20 credits

This module enables you to explore the roles and relations of international organisations through a thematic approach. This will allow you to engage with key organisations focussing on broader themes of international politics, such as aid and development, health, security and the environment. This approach will allow you to engage with core debates and explore the roles of a multitude of organisations.

Level 6

Core modules

Dissertation in Sociology
40 credits

This module provides you with an opportunity to develop your own sociological specialism by conducting an extended, in-depth study on a freely chosen topic in sociology. You will plan and design an extended piece of academic work and present the completed work as a written dissertation whilst demonstrating a detailed and critical understanding of a relevant field of sociological enquiry. You will be supported through group seminars to successfully complete the dissertation and will work with a staff supervisor to develop a critical understanding of your research topic.

Optional modules

Non-Western Political Theories
20 credits

This module is designed with the understanding that our extant historical knowledge (which is implicitly Eurocentric) needs to be globalised. It means the non-western world should be better weighted and given due attention rather than seen as a passive receiver of western impacts. It emphasises a lot on the historically situated forces in the making of non-western world of ideas and, more importantly, their connections and complex relationships.

International Fieldwork in Sociology
20 credits

This module provides the opportunity for you to undertake independent guided study on a topic, congruent with the aims and themes of the programme within an international context. You will also further develop a wide range of study skills in the process such as working in small groups, writing reflective blog posts, considering the ethics of blogging and social media and applying sociological concepts and ideas to an international setting. The module has a compulsory international fieldwork element incorporated which provides the backdrop to your study focus.

Radical Planet: Protest, Resistance and Alternatives to Urban Capitalism
20 credits

This module will enable you to develop a comprehensive understanding of urban capitalism and its alternatives from a critical sociological perspective. The module splits into two parts. Part I provides a critical understanding of how capitalism organises everyday urban life and everyday living. Part II examines the nature of the struggles that have taken place to find new ways of living more equitably and sustainability. Specifically, it looks closely at alternative modes of thought (such anarchism and environmentalism) about social and economic organisation, as well as examples of alternative modes of living in the UK and globally.

The Aesthetics and Politics of Fear
20 credits

In this module you will begin by examining major philosophical and theoretical approaches to the study of emotions. Thereafter you will examine a series of case studies in fear, focusing in particular on phobias, tracing out etymologies and genealogies of phobia, and examining the aesthetic politics of phobia in historical and epistemic contexts. This section of the syllabus will be organised alphabetically in the manner of popular psychologies of phobias. In this main part of the module, you will begin with agoraphobia, the canonical modern classification of phobia, and conclude with xenophobia, a non-canonical phobia - the coining of which is subject to a problematic and disputed historiography.

Sport, Crime and Politics: Critical Sociological Analyses
20 credits

This module adopts various sociological and critical criminological approaches in the understanding of sport in contemporary societies. You will look at issues relating to recent transformations, prejudices and cultural cohesion in the world of sport, focusing in particular on developments relating to issues such as racism, nationalism, globalisation and gender prejudice. The module will also be centrally concerned with the transformation of sport in the light of ongoing changes to a consumerist society.

Body Politics: Gender, Sexuality and Society
20 credits

In this module you will explore sociological and feminist debates around the body, gender and sexuality. You will engage with ideas which challenge the normative representations and 'taken for granted ideas' around body shape and image, gender and sexualities. It covers topics such as body modification, beauty, pornography, sex work, trans* identities and violences against the body.

Cultural Sociology of Music
20 credits

This module aims to explain to you the place of music in society, using sociological theory to unlock the codes and secrets of musical culture and society. It is based on the premise that music is a social product, social resource and social practice. In doing so, the module focuses on the relationship between music and social life through a wide range of topics, including music as representation, the economy of music, the relationship between musical taste and social divisions, the political role of music, music as self-expression and political resistance, the changing media forms and technologies of sound production, the therapeutic potential of music, and more. In exploring these themes, you will consider all forms of music—popular, classical, folk and world—to reflect the vitality of musical expressions in the world today.

Sociology Work Placement 2
20 credits

This module gives you the opportunity to undertake a self-directed work placement relevant to the study of Sociology. The aim is that you will be able to identify, assess and reflect upon how your skills and abilities transfer from your academic studies to the world of work and how these skills and abilities have been enhanced via your work placement. The module also offers you opportunities to reflect on the links between your work placement experience and your programme of study.

Teaching and work-related learning

Excellent facilities and learning resources

We adopt an active blended learning approach, meaning you will experience a combination of face-to-face and online learning during your time at LJMU. This enables you to experience a rich and diverse learning experience and engage fully with your studies. Our approach ensures that you can easily access support from your personal tutor, either by meeting them on-campus or via a video call to suit your needs.

Teaching is delivered via lectures, seminars, workshops, online activities, audio-visual presentations and field work trips. Online discussion boards allow you to debate, with your tutors and peers, ideas that arise in the classroom. Outside the classroom you will have 24 hour access to extensive electronic resources via the LJMU network and print resources available in the nearby Aldham Robarts Library.

Work-related Learning

Opportunities for work-based and work-related learning are integrated into the programme. This will offer you the chance to put what you have learnt into practice as well as providing new skills and experiences. It will also add real value to your CV, giving you a professional edge when you come to negotiate your way through the graduate job market.

Careers events and information on volunteering opportunities are incorporated into core modules and you will have the option to undertake placements at Level 6.

Support and guidance

Dedicated personal tutor, plus study skills support

If you study Sociology at LJMU, you will join a friendly and stimulating environment in which you will be encouraged to achieve your full potential in your academic work, personal and intellectual development, and your future career. We pride ourselves on the informal and supportive relationships we have with our students.

You will be assigned a personal tutor who will be responsible for your academic and personal progress throughout the course. Along with this scheduled one-to-one support, you will receive regular feedback and guidance from your module tutors on your research, writing and study skills.

Assessment

Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose, but will usually include a combination of exams and coursework.

We understand that all students perform differently depending on the way they are assessed, and so we use a range of traditional and innovative assessment methods. These include essays, exams, reports, individual and group presentations, policy analyses, online tests, wikis and critical reviews. 

Constructive feedback on your assessed work is designed to help you achieve your full potential and get the most out of your studies. Your tutors will provide this in writing, by email or in face-to-face meetings where they will help you identify your strengths as well as the areas where you may need to put in more work. They can also direct you to further support if you feel you need it.

Course tutors

Our staff are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning

David Chalcraft

Prof David Chalcraft

Department head of Sociology

Prior to joining LJMU, I held the Chair of Biblical Studies at the University of Sheffield before which I was Professor of Classical Sociology at the University of Derby, having previously served as Head of Department of Sociology at Derby. During my time at Derby I spear-headed the formation of the Society, Religion and Belief Research Group which is now a Research Centre at the University. I began my research and teaching career at Oxford Brookes University, which I joined whilst completing my graduate studies in the Faculty of Social Studies at Oxford University (Hertford College). For my Master of Letters at Oxford I was supervised by Dr Bryan Wilson of All Souls. My first degree was in Biblical Studies from the University of Sheffield where I also received the Epworth Prize for Greek and Hebrew Translation and Exegesis.

I have always been interested in promoting international perspectives in my work and pursuing comparative work, often working with colleagues from overseas.

Facilities

What you can expect from your School

The School of Humanities and Social Science offers an ideal environment in which to expand your knowledge and horizons. Situated on Mount Pleasant in the new ‘Knowledge Quarter’ of Liverpool, the School is home to five subject areas: English, History, International Relations, Sociology, and Media, Culture & Communication. It has a lively programme of cross-disciplinary research seminars, conferences, visits from international scholars and public events. Research from the School is recognised nationally and worldwide.

Entry requirements

Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements

Minimum points required from qualifications: 104


GCSE and equivalents

Prior to starting the programme applicants must have obtained Grade C or Grade 4 or above in English Language and Mathematics GCSE or an approved alternative qualification below:

  • Key Skills Level 2 in English/Maths
  • NVQ Level 2 Functional skills in Maths and English Writing and or Reading
  • Skills for Life Level 2 in Numeracy/English
  • Higher Diploma in Maths/English
  • Functional Skills Level 2 in Maths/English
  • Northern Ireland Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number
  • Wales Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number

A Levels

  • Minimum number of A Levels required: 2
  • Is general studies acceptable? Yes
  • Average A Level offer: BCC
  • Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20

BTEC qualifications

  • National Certificate (RQF): Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • National Extended Certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • National Diploma (RQF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • National Diploma subjects / grades required: D*D if studied on its own or To the total of 104 UCAS points when combined with other qualifications.
  • National Extended Diploma (RQF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • National Extended Diploma subjects / grades required: DMM in a relevant subject required if no other Level 3 qualification taken

Access to Higher Education Diploma

  • Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Further information: At least 9 Distinctions and 36 Merits, or any other combination that equates to 104 UCAS Tariff points in a relevant subject

International Baccalaureate

  • International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Additional information: 104 UCAS Tariff points from IB Composite parts, or in combination with other Level 3 qualifications

Welsh awards

  • Welsh Baccalaureate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications

Irish awards

  • Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Grades / subjects required: 104 UCAS Tariff points with a maximum 20 UCAS Tariff points from Ordinary Level

Alternative qualifications considered

​Applications are welcomed from mature and non-standard applicants, who will be considered on an individual basis. These applicants may be required to submit an essay and/or attend an interview, and should demonstrate potential and motivation and/or have relevant experience.
 
International applications will be considered in line with UK qualifications.

Will I be interviewed?

Mature and non standard applicants may be invited to attend interview

IELTS

6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each component)

International entry requirements

Find your country

Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check.

Can this course be deferred?

Yes

Is a DBS check required?

No

Application and selection

Securing your place at LJMU

​The following criteria are desirable but not essential. We will use them to rank applications. Please demonstrate your development of these attributes in the personal statement included in your application:

  • A critical interest in how societies are constructed and the issues and challenges presented
  • A questioning mind
  • Good analytical skills
  • Good reading and information retrieval skills - obtaining information from a range of sources and using it to support analysis
  • The ability to construct and critically assess arguments

The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.

Further information on the terms and conditions of any offer made, our admissions policy and the complaints and appeals process.