Study diverse theories and understand how they shape people’s beliefs, behaviours and identities
Option to gain a membership with the British Sociological Association for students and graduates
Explore the world and study abroad in locations including Europe, the USA and more
Learn from experts with knowledge in fields such as social policy, nationalism and religion
Sociology isn’t for the faint-hearted. It addresses the challenging issues of our time making our sociology degrees thought-provoking, interesting and stimulating.
Sociologists examine societies, institutions and other social forces like globalisation, to understand how they shape people’s beliefs, behaviours and identities. They can also look for solutions to problems and possibilities for change.
It’s hard to get bored by sociology. At the University of South Wales, you’ll study diverse sociological theories and topics, from consumerism to communism, racism to royalty, and trade unions to TV advertising.
Taught by Leading Experts
Our lecturers have extensive knowledge in areas such as social policy, nationalism, religion and the politics of climate change to name a few. Social Policy students have access to the Global Choices Series, featuring high profile guest speakers such as Sir John Major & Lady Shami Chakraba.
Membership with the British Sociological Association is open to all University of South Wales students and graduates. There are many benefits to this such as access to online archives, journal subscriptions and regular newsletters.
Sociology examines how our actions are shaped by our social environment. It explores the values, beliefs and ideas that people hold, the lives we live and choices we make. If you are inquisitive, seek challenges, take pleasure in discovery, desire to see the world afresh and don’t want to simply believe that things can only be the way you’ve been told they are, then a sociology degree is for you.
This Sociology course will allow you to explore areas including psychology, sociology and social policy, alongside giving you the skills, knowledge and confidence to progress to continue onto a Degree course and have the opportunity to meet your aspirations.
Experience South Wales
The places you study and live make a big difference to what you get out of university. It’s important to be somewhere that feels like home, but can also surprise you. South Wales offers rich experiences, with Cardiff at the heart.
With campuses in and around Cardiff, you can experience the diversity that south Wales has to offer – the buzz of the cities, the beauty of the coast, and the calm of the countryside.
We have five campuses across three locations, but we’re one university. Every campus is open to you and whatever inspires you, you’re always welcome.
Join us at an open day or live event and discover the opportunities waiting for you at the University of South Wales.
You'll have the chance to explore our campuses at Cardiff, Newport or Pontypridd, meet academic staff and current students, learn about life at USW and student money, and take part in interactive activities related to your course. For those who can't attend an on-campus event, we run online and on-demand events. There's plenty of ways to discover what USW is all about.
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Careers and Employability
Put theory into practice
A course at USW is more than just a degree. We create graduates who are prepared for tomorrow. People who are ready to build their careers and have the mindset to succeed through a degree that is 100% focused on what employers need in the future.
From projects based on working practices to time in the workplace through internships and placements, we’ll help you to build job-ready skills and gain relevant experience for your career. We also offer practical help with completing job applications and practising interview techniques. Support is available every step of the way.
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