Sociology is a social science concerned with the study of society and human behaviour and relationships. It uses empirical investigation and critical analysis to understand social order and problems and changes within society, organisations and networks. The subject matter is diverse and can cover anything from race, social class, crime and law, poverty, education and more theoretical wider issues such as the impact of radical change to whole societies.
The first year will often serve as an introduction to issues in contemporary sociology and social and political problems, providing the opportunity for students to discover the aspects of sociology that interest them the most.
Due to the analytical and research skills acquired during a sociology degree, graduates can apply these skills across a wide range of careers. Many students will opt to enter the social sector or work within hospitality or the charity sector. Therapy and counselling are also popular roles with sociology graduates due to their skills in understanding human behaviour. Teaching, journalism, HR and marketing are also other industries that sociology graduates enter into. Further research and postgraduate study is another option with many students pursuing this path before going into jobs