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Introduction to Sociology

Exploring the basis of sociological theory and challenging understandings of society


Subject area


Social Sciences






Credit level




Credits available






03 August - 14 August 2020




2 weeks


Contact hours




Course pre-requisites


Aged 18 or above


Language requirements




(with a minimum of 5.0 in each component)






Accommodation inc.








Application deadline


31 May 2020





Introduction to Sociology looks at what sociology can do.  Sociologists find out about how people live in and think about the world, generate or apply theories about social life, analyse how groups portray themselves and others, and how they critique inequality and injustice.


You will consider how contemporary sociologists work with key concepts and thinkers in engaging with the social world in these ways and will gain an understanding of the key purposes, concepts, methods and areas of inquiry in contemporary sociology.
The course will introduce you to the principles - as well as some in-class experience - of core methods of social scientific research: survey research, qualitative interviews, ethnography and textual analysis. We will look at examples of research from a range of countries across a range of areas, including the body, young adults, gender, inequality, violence and the environment.

For more detailed information on course content please see the Introduction to Sociology Syllabus.


Non-Credit Courses

Introduction to Sociology is a non-credit course. Our non-credit courses have no academic eligibility criteria, and have a lower English language requirement. Anyone can study our non-credit courses, they are particularly suitable if you:

  • have a minimum level of English at 5.5 IELTS or equivalent
  • wish to pursue an interest with guidance and feedback from an experienced tutor
  • do not require a course that offers academic credit.


Before applying for Introduction to Sociology please ensure you meet the following criteria:

Academic requirements


  • n/a


Language requirements


  • Evidence of language ability equivalent to IELTS 5.5


Age requirements


  • Applicants must be aged 18 or over


The fee for this course is £1,529. 

This fee includes:

  • Tuition fees for the two-week course
  • Course materials and equipment
  • Academic trips and excursions
  • Social programme 

Additional fees may apply for visa applications. These are not included in your course fee.

The course fee does not include accommodation. To find out more about available accommodation options on our Accommodation page.

As part of your application process, you will be required to pay a £500 deposit. The deposit payment will be redeemable against your course fee. After a 14 day cooling off period, the deposit is non-refundable. You will receive information on how to pay your deposit during your application process.



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