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English and Sociology

Please note: this course is not currently recruiting for September 2017 entry.


Studying English literature and language is a way of engaging with the world; with history, philosophy, culture and the mind.

Students will discover that the multiple contexts of literature expand as they read through an undergraduate degree.

The critical writing that is so much a part of an English programme trains students to evaluate diverse forms of argument and evidence, a difficult skill greatly valued in a wide range of career pathways.

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With its roots in the rise of modern industrial society, sociology is well placed to explore and understand the personal and public issues of the 21st century whether class, culture or crime.

Sociology is a discipline that addresses the social transformations of our global era such as:

  • The expansion of the internet and the digital economy and society
  • Debates around inequality, life-chances and poverty in terms of social class, gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity and age and generation
  • Conflict, war, migration and refugee flows
  • Climate change and environmental risks

Sociology is a subject that will inform you about all these issues, provide you with the research tools and skills to investigate them and, moreover, evaluate and imagine social policies that could make for a better and more socially just world.

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UCAS Code: QL33