Sociology Tutors & Courses
Each of us, as members of human society, enter into forms of relationship with one another. As we take part in society, we develop an understanding of our relationships with others, and of the social institutions in which we participate. Humans have reasoned in sociological ways for perhaps as long as we have reasoned at all, but the discipline of sociology itself was defined in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, in a time when advances in science and technology encouraged the belief that rational, scientific inquiry could provide answers in all fields of human interest. So why not human relationships – be they cultural, economic or political?
Sociology, then, is the general science of society. It is the application of various methods of empirical investigation and critical analysis to the study of patterns of social relationships, social interaction, and culture of everyday life. It is, in a sense, the most intimate and human of disciplines – insofar as man is a social animal. As a relatively new discipline asking age-old questions, it is both rapidly-evolving and able to claim among its practitioners some of the most notable thinkers of the modern age – Auguste Comte, Émile Durkheim, Karl Marx – as well as some great minds of old, such as Plato and Ibn Khaldun.
What will you study?
Sociology is an extremely wide field of study, taking in as it does a broad range of human activities. As such, students usually follow courses which offer both a general grounding in the discipline in the first year, followed by a choice of specialisms, such as:
- Economy, work and organisation
- The conjunction of biological and social relationships: the family and gender
- Social identity: age, class, gender, and race
- Social inequality
- Social norms and deviance
- Religion and belief systems
- Organisations and bureaucracy
- Society and the environment
- People, health and sociology of the body
Sociological sciences are offered as an undergraduate degree at the majority of UK higher education institutions. Students may have taken the subject at A-level or equivalent, but this is not expected, and most undergraduates first encounter the subject at university.
What can you do with a sociology degree?
Sociology is not generally considered a vocational degree, meaning that graduates can be found in an array of fields. The analytical and research skills acquired during a sociology degree are considered highly transferable, across a wide range of careers. Many students will opt to enter the social or charity sectors, while 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 graduates in this discipline commonly enter into.
https://www.isa-sociology.org/en – International Sociological Association
https://www.britsoc.co.uk/ – British Sociological Association
https://www.asanet.org/ – American Sociological Association
https://www.everydaysociologyblog.com/ – Everyday Sociologist blog
https://www.thesociologicalreview.com/ – The Sociological Review
http://www.sociologylens.net/ – News and research website
https://www.tutor2u.net/sociology – Tutor2uSociology
https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/researchingsociology/ – London School of Economics socioeconomic blog
https://journals.sagepub.com/home/gas – Gender and Society journal
https://www.nytimes.com/topic/subject/sociology – New York Times sociological news
https://journals.sagepub.com/home/soc – ‘Sociology’ journal
https://blogs.surrey.ac.uk/sociology/ – University of Surrey blog
https://www.frontiersin.org/journals/sociology – Frontiers journal