14 July 2016
Introduction to Sociology
This module is designed to introduce you to sociology. Sociology focuses on the systematic study of human societies, particularly modern industrial societies, by exploring social interaction, social structures and social change. Sociology as an academic discipline has its roots in attempts to understand the profound social, economic and political changes associated with industrialisation, initially in Europe and later in North America and other parts of the world. Studying sociology will help you to step outside your taken-for-granted assumptions about your social world, to challenge your ideas about what constitutes ‘natural behaviour’. Topics covered include, for example: the sociological perspective; bases of social interaction in culture; socialisation and social identities; major social institutions and their social structures; social inequalities and social change.
Field trip fee: £40
The University of Sussex International Summer School welcomes applicants from a wide range of educational backgrounds. Although most of you will be currently enrolled at a university or college, we also welcome applicants who have been away from education for some years, as well as highly committed senior high school students - for some courses a good general education, an open mind and lots of enthusiasm are the main qualifications. For some other courses you will see that prerequisites are listed - applicants for these courses are expected to submit transcripts to demonstrate that they have taken, or are currently taking, the necessary precursors.
The International Summer School provides an opportunity to meet and study with people from different countries and cultures, on a cosmopolitan campus. The large range of courses on offer allows you to get ahead with credit in core courses, or simply to experiment with something new.
Summer School courses carry 15 credits and last for four weeks. Since the standard annual load for a Sussex student is 120 credits, this means that each course is equivalent to four semester hours or seven and a half ECTS credits. Students can take only one course per session, as the courses are intensive. You can expect to spend 30 to 45 hours each week on your course between attending classes, labs and workshops, as well as time spent outside class preparing the readings and assignments. You can find information about the courses offered by the International Summer School through our course directory or courses by subject pages of our website.
GBP 1520: Tuition only (one four week sessions)
GBP 2820: Tuition only (both four week ISS sessions)
The University of Sussex offers a limited number of scholarships for participation in the ISS in the form of partial fee waivers to students from developing countries who have high potential for future leadership in their field of study or career.