There’s something very scary about coming into a new university. Who will be teaching me? What are the people there like? And not to mention the department you will be studying in! These are all questions you might find yourself asking, so here is some handy information so you know what the Sociology department at Warwick is truly like from the perspective of a current student (without the faff of having to work out whether all that stuff online is accurate or not).
If there’s an area you are particularly passionate about then I would suggest having a look on the Undergraduate portal for the specialisms chart when you join. The department has several of these, all of which look pretty darn impressive to employers, and also which really allow you to enjoy your degree!
Advice and feedback hours
Unsure about an essay? There is nothing worse than worrying that you’re not going to be on top of the workload. Go along to the advice and feedback hours in the department and hand in a draft. Not only will you get extensive feedback to ensure you can improve as much as possible, but it means you get to know the people who are teaching you. And if you’re worried, you can always pop along to the common room for a nice chat and a cup of tea. If you’re still unsure, you also have the chance to write practice essays before the real thing, and there is so much opportunity for progression that you’ll save yourself a panic. It’s always nice to know you can sleep easy, and not worry about having to drink one too many energy drinks for those dreaded all-nighters.
Opportunities to get involved
As if gaining a degree from an incredibly prestigious Russel group university isn’t enough, there are many opportunities to get involved that give you freedom and fun, such as with the Warwick sociology journal, where you can get involved in publishing academic material. (Nobody expects you to be an expert!). There is also the sociology society- known by the rather playful name SocSoc. (This has the annual Christmas meals, SocSocSocks at Christmas- literally stockings made by the society for charity- and the annual ball, alongside the Politics Society.) This is a great place to meet new people, and of course, have a laugh when everyone is celebrating the end of the year (and probably making a fool of themselves on the dancefloor).
There are also the sociology lunches, sociology film club, sociology seminar series; your inbox will be so full of invitations that you will almost definitely be discussing Marxist theory on a Monday, and then going out to events like Pop!, whilst dressed in 1920s paraphernalia on Wednesdays. There is something for everyone.
So is it daunting coming to a new place? Yes. But is it worth it? Absolutely.
Anna Bray, Second-year Undergraduate
The Reason I Chose To Study Sociology At Warwick
There are a million and one things that attracted me to Warwick including its ranking in the UK and in the World, the fact that it’s a campus-based university and not a city one and so promotes a community style learning, as well as its location; it is in close proximity to major cities like Birmingham and London and has great transport links.
However, when looking specifically at sociology, I wanted a university that would capture the essence of the subject; one that would allow me to grow and learn while giving me the space to try new areas of study. Warwick does just this and this is one of the main reasons I chose to study here rather than elsewhere.
Warwick Sociology Department offers a variety of modules across all years and there is a very loose structure to what you can do with your options.
From the onset, this seemed like the kind of formation I wanted from my university degree. Below I will outline the top 3 reasons why I like the structure of the sociology degree:
1. Module choices within sociology
2. Module choices outside the department
3. 15 CAT modules
Module choices within the Sociology Department
There are a range of sociological modules to choose from within the department which cover a variety of concepts and authors. There are more contemporary modules as well as those that cover the historical elements of society and its formation.
I found that this structure and freedom of choice allowed me to learn a range of theories and concepts across my degree. As a finalist, I am planning on claiming a specialism, yet I have not been restricted throughout my degree to choose options that only fall into the specialism category. Rather, I have been able to have a taste of different modules through 1st and 2nd year before choosing what I want to specialize in for final year.
Other universities I looked at before applying did not have such a loose structure but more of a rigid one that had little room to manoeuvre as a student. This is the first reason I chose sociology at Warwick.
Module choices outside of the Department
As well as being able to choose modules within the sociology department, Warwick offers the opportunity to choose outside your degree from other departments. Typically, students choose modules from Politics, Philosophy, Psychology or Economics. These departments compliment sociology and can add an extra layer or different perspective to the sociology modules you study.
I have friends who have also chosen modules from Warwick Business School (WBS) as they want to go into marketing or similar lines of work.
15 CAT modules
Sociology offers mainly 15 CAT modules. What this means is that you study the topic for just a single term rather than across 2 terms like 30 CAT modules do. I personally feel this is beneficial as you get the opportunity to study more modules across your degree.
Why you should consider Sociology at Warwick
Choosing which university to study at can be a daunting task and one that is crucial to the next 3-5 years of your life. But I think that the choice of modules and freedom available in terms of manoeuvrability is essential, especially when studying a degree like sociology. I feel the sociology department at Warwick offers the right level of freedom as well as focus on your sociology degree and this is one of the top reasons I opted to study here!
Meena Khan, Final-year Undergraduate
Hello! This is my first blog post so bear with me, but I hope I can give you some helpful advice. My first term at Warwick has been filled with exciting lectures, meeting new people, and adjusting to living on campus.
Making the step to university can be daunting, but Warwick has an excellent support system to help whenever you need it. As a disabled student, I communicate with disability services often. They are very friendly and offer a wide range of support for a variety of disabilities and conditions.
It’s normal to feel overwhelmed in your first term, but reaching out for support always helps. The University has a counselling service who offer non-judgemental support to anyone, and have helped me to overcome my anxieties and I am quickly settling in. Students play a key role at Warwick and are at the heart of the University.
A lot of effort goes into making sure that everyone is valued here, and I have been struck by the sense of community. I’m not the most sociable person, but I have never felt alone for long, as there is always someone to help me. For me, it’s difficult not to focus on studying (I’d be lying if I said the work was easy!), but it’s this combined with the diverse and friendly atmosphere that has made my first term enjoyable.
My first term has been very fulfilling, and I would definitely encourage you to make the most of the amazing opportunities the Warwick community provides.
Ellie Craddock, First-year Undergraduate
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