What is the structure of a Sociology degree?
Sociology degrees, like most Warwick degrees, are taught and examined across the ‘traditional’ academic year of three 10 week terms: autumn, spring and summer. There are no semesters. In each year of study, Sociology students will always take four modules (i.e. individual courses), with each individual module making up one quarter of that year’s programme of study.
Students have the opportunity to graduate in Sociology or Sociology with a range of specialisms. In their first year, all students are required to undertake a foundation programme in preparation for their honours level study in years two and three (and for joint degrees with Law or French, the fourth year too). This foundation programme does not contribute to the final degree classification but provides the knowledge base necessary for successful honours level work. All students must pass their first year modules as a condition of proceeding to honours level work.
- Year 1 - there are two core modules Sociological Perspectives and Researching Society and Culture and 2 optional modules. Joint honours students will have various other core modules to complete.
- Year 2 - students do a core module in research methods
- Year 3 - single honours Sociology students must complete a supervised dissertation equivalent to one full module, with students who are pursuing a specialism required to undertake a dissertation in that area, and then choose 3 more optional modules.
Students studying sociology as a joint degree can exercise considerable choice in relation to the sociology component of their degree and are also subject to the course requirements of the other departments involved.