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Aberystwyth University launches new Sociology degree

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Aberystwyth University launches new Sociology degree

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Aberystwyth University is launching a single-honours’ degree in Sociology, with students being recruited for 2019-20 entry.

The degree will be ‘housed’ within the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences and will make the most of the strong connections that exist between the disciplines of Sociology and Human Geography. 

A number of teaching and research staff based in the Department actively research themes that are of key interest to sociologists, e.g. on mobility, nationalism, rural society, and publish extensively in Sociology journals.

One of the key attributes of the new degree is the emphasis that it places on a field-based approach to Sociology. Field exercises will be integrated into lecture and practical-based modules, and there will be a stand-alone Field-Based Sociology module at year 2.

“This represents a new and exciting venture for us”, said Professor Rhys Jones, the convenor of the new scheme. “At the same time, we are in many ways re-connecting with our past. A Sociology degree was taught here at Aberystwyth between the late 1960s and late 1980s. Also, some of the pioneering work in Community Studies was conducted at Aberystwyth by Alwyn D Rees, work that acted as a template for similar studies elsewhere.”

Students studying on the scheme will also benefit from Aberystwyth University’s commitment to a high-quality student experience. 

The University is a TEF Gold institution and was also awarded the University of the Year for Teaching Quality for the second year running in The Times / The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.

For more information on the scheme, please contact the course convenor, Professor Rhys Jones, on raj@aber.ac.uk

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