Why Study Sociology and Social Policy?
Sociology is the study of the social nature of human existence, how societies are organised and how we experience life. As people we are always involved in social relationships with one another. By studying Sociology, you’ll be asking challenging and exciting questions such as:
- How does your occupation still affect how long you will live?
- How do gender, religion and ethnic background affect your chances in life?
- Is conflict inevitable?
- What gives you ‘identity’?
- Where do beliefs and values come from?
- Does the media affect our personal lifestyle choices?
- Has technology outrun our capacity to control it?
You can also study Sociology through the medium of Welsh in the course BA Cymdeithaseg gyda Pholisi Cymdeithasol.
Social Policy is about the world in which we live and how our needs for security and welfare are met. You will look at it from a global perspective ranging from its roots in Victorian Britain to the challenges of world poverty today. You’ll be looking for answers to questions such as:
- How do we address poverty and inequality?
- What are the solutions to the housing crisis?
- What will be the impact of climate change on social policies?
- What is the role of the State, voluntary and private sector organisations and civil society in meeting Social Policy goals?
Career Opportunities in Sociology and Social Policy
Employers today need analytical and lateral thinkers who can play a part in almost any working environment. As a result, the breadth and flexibility of a social sciences degree makes it attractive to almost any employer. Our graduates have followed a wide range of career paths. A Sociology degree will prepare you for a full range of employment options including management, journalism, public relations, personnel, community development, public sector, teaching and research, whilst Social Policy graduates go on to work within the policy field including public housing, health service, local government administration and the voluntary sector.
Our Research in Sociology and Social Policy
Bangor University has an international reputation for interdisciplinary and innovative research about the effects of innovation, social changes, political and policy developments on health, mental health, poverty, social care, welfare and wellbeing. Research carried out by academic staff in the fields of Sociology and Social Policy plays an important role in making Bangor University a world-leading research institution.