This programme is largely based on a practical approach to learning. Through Regulation, Risk and Economic Life, you will be introduced to key discussions on the nature of power, knowledge, organisations and markets. You are also exposed to different approaches to the study of economic life, as well as case studies associated with current transformations in the socio-economic system – the rise of new forms of financial activity, new varieties of money, and new spheres of economic activity.
The core course is complemented by metholodology courses and a variety of optional courses, up to the value of one and a half units, which allow you to tailor your programme to interests and career goals. Options include further specialisation in the sociology of risk and regulation, economic sociology and the sociology of markets, employment relations, globalisation, and the sociology of science and technology.
You will also complete an empirical or theoretical dissertation of up to 10,000 words on a subject of interest related to the courses and approved by the Department. This will provide you with the opportunity to think sociologically and at length on a sociological problem, issue or debate in risk and economic life.
You will receive feedback and advice throughout your degree. You will be advised on your dissertation topic by an academic adviser, in conjunction with the programme conveners.
(* denotes a half unit)
Regulation, Risk and Economic Life
Introduces you to sociological perspectives on economic life and risk regulation in advanced industrial societies.
Quantitative Social Research Methods*
Introduces students to a range of quantitative methods used in contemporary social research.
Qualitative Social Research Methods*
Introduces students to the theory and practice of qualitative research methods in sociology.
An extended piece of written work of 10,000 words that is your own independent research investigation of a human rights issue or problem, undertaken with the guidance of your dissertation supervisor.
Courses to the value of one and a half units from a range of options
You can find the most up-to-date list of optional courses in the Programme Regulations section of the current School Calendar.
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