Sociology is a global and live discipline. Those of you who are interested in Sociology, or perhaps have already studied it, will know that it tries to offer explanations for varied phenomena, some of which most of us can take for granted as either normal, natural, real or somehow true. Sociology goes beyond our capacity to take things for granted and instead, tries to analyse and understand the social world with depth and conviction. Sociology is driven by those who have an interest in not only studying society, but often, also, a desire to make society more just and equal. Our approach to Sociology at Bradford starts with ensuring our students are intellectually stimulated and engaged with the subject matter. We do this firstly through our academic staff, all of whom are research-active and highly enthusiastic about what they teach. On top of this, all our teaching is student-focussed. For us, it’s vital that we enable students to engage with a range of contemporary and relevant subjects, debates and issues through a diversity of sociologically-grounded perspectives and theories. At Bradford, we focus on how society can be better understood, and made more just, through exploring markers of identity, such as class, ethnicity, gender and sexuality. The modules that make up our degree also reflect the ways in which power presents itself and influences us on a daily basis. Through linking theory with the real world, you are encouraged to apply your sociological knowledge to social contexts whether they are related to inequality, the state, crime, difference, securitization and mass media, or those everyday, taken-for-granted features of life which seem less important, such as consumption, taste and the performance of our identities. The course will therefore give you opportunities to help explore and analyse the nature of diverse societies but, also, you will develop informed insights the challenges facing a globalised and interconnected world. These are just some of the areas you will study on the Sociology course through developing and applying your skills of reasoning, critical assessment and understanding of a broad range of theoretical, practical and contemporary issues and social problems.