Sociology is a fascinating subject providing a critical understanding of all aspects of society and social life. In studying Sociology you’ll develop an understanding of the contemporary world, human behaviour and the forces shaping society. You’ll examine social, political, historical, cultural and economic issues and study topics as diverse as class and social inequality, health and disability, globalisation, crime, countercultures, family life, gender and the development of cities. The programme is specially designed to help you develop an understanding of how societies, institutions and practices came into being, how they work and might change in the future. This highly relevant discipline is particularly concerned with social transformation and in developing an insight into the major challenges facing contemporary society. In addition to the core modules which will provide you with the theoretical framework and practical skills you need, you will be able to choose from a wide range of options reflecting the considerable research expertise of our academic staff. Our flexible Single Honours programme gives you the opportunity to study for a BA or BSc depending on your particular interests. Both benefit from Exeter’s distinctive emphasis on cultural Sociology and you’ll be able to take modules on topics such as the Sociology of music, sport, warfare, religion, science and technology, health, addiction, and the media. Your degree will provide you with the insight into contemporary society, practical and transferable skills sought after by major employers and relevant to a wide range of careers in the private, public and third sectors including business, journalism, marketing, social research, teaching, retailing, human resources, overseas development, government and the Civil Service. Each year, you can elect to take options outside of Sociology, for example to develop skills attractive to employers such as language proficiency; to examine an issue you’ve covered in one of your Sociology modules from a different disciplinary perspective; or to widen your horizons and challenge yourself intellectually. In your core modules you will learn to use logical and systematic methods of analysis to reveal patterns of social action. These will include qualitative research methods such as conducting interviews, focus groups and visual analysis; learning how to design your own research projects; and obtaining an overview of the use and interpretation of quantitative data.