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Course Focus: Sociology

Interested in the curious science of human behaviour and societies? read our introduction to Sociology, by Hotcourses student editor, Nooraini

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Have you ever been curious about human behaviour and the nature of identity? The way we think and act, how societies are formed and why cultures and traditions are so important to us? Well, choosing a degree in Sociology could be the first step to finally finding your answer! In this article for Hotcourses, we hear from international student, Nooraini Indrana, who gives some more info about this fascinating subject.

Sociology focuses on different aspects of society, from interactions between human beings to how society itself was formed. Many areas of academia are incorporated, including psychology, history, anthropology and behavioural sciences. Students of Sociology will be introduced to and included in a broad range of debates about contemporary social problems, whilst being encouraged to think of themselves as being products of the material they are learning.

What will I learn?

Sociology students find out how modern societies were formed and learn to identify the fabric that holds them together. Students of this course will find that the discipline offers a wide range of topics, from crime to genders.

Below is a list of some common compulsory modules in a Sociology undergraduate degree:

* Sociological Thinking
* Sociological Analysis of Societies
* Identity and Behaviour
* Social Policy

Many universities also offer programmes which combine Sociology with another academic discipline. If you are interested in linking two aspects and looking for a challenge in studying, these are the examples of the courses you can take with your Sociology course:

Teaching and Assessment

As a sociology student, you can expect lectures, seminars, tutorial classes and practical workshops. It is common among Sociology courses for students to be assessed through a mixture of written coursework and assignments, group work, presentations, examinations and a final year project.

Since the discipline considers a great number of theories and ideologies as well as arguments, students are expected to be actively engaged in reading books and to perform independent studying.

How long is the course?

Most students can finish their Bachelor’s degree in Sociology within 3 to 4 years, depending on their chosen university and country destination. For example, it will take 3 years in Singapore, compared to the 4-year course offered in USA universities.

The length of your Sociology course will also depend on whether you decide to take an internship program between your study times. Many universities have introduced degree courses with internship programmes which students may consider taking to gain work experience in a Sociology-related field as a part of gaining credits for their course.  

Entry requirements

Academic entry requirements vary among universities. Students are advised to contact their chosen university in their study destination for detailed information.

If you are an international student, the university will require you to provide proof of your English Language speaking abilities. This can be done by giving them your IELTS or TOEFL score. Although the minimum total score may differ among universities, the common requirements are:

  •  6.0 in IELTS         OR
  • 550 in paper-based TOEFL test

Most universities will ask you to submit a personal statement along with your application, English language test certificate and other necessary documents.

Career options

With ranging subjects studied and numerous skills gained, students of Sociology will find an advantage in their job prospects. Below are a few of the many career sectors the course can lead into:

- Administration
- Broadcasting
- Civil service
- Education
- Journalism
- Non-governmental organisations
- Social service
- Public relations

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