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2 The Department of Sociology offers two degree programmes: BA Hons in Sociology BA Hons in Media and Cultural Studies

3 Why come to Lancaster? One of Britain's top Universities and in the top 200 in the world The best University in the Northwest of England All-round excellence and internationally recognised qualifications The student experience: –Lancasters college system –all Undergraduates offered on campus accommodation Our unique degree structure... more on this later

4 Why come to the Department of Sociology at Lancaster? Lancaster has one of the best Sociology Departments in the world The Department has two highly successful degree programmes Our staff undertake research on a range of topics This research forms the basis of our teaching curriculum Our teaching is constantly evolving New courses recently introduced: Terror; Health and Bodies; Media and Violence; Imaging the Body; Gender Performativities

5 Research excellence

6 Teaching excellence Our external examiner of the BA Media and Cultural Studies degree says: A very exciting and innovative programme. Members of the team are clearly committed to enhancing its provision in imaginative ways. Indeed, their dedication to making the key conceptual and methodological debates pertinent to this area of enquiry come alive for their students is, in a word, remarkable. Sociology was rated with 'full confidence in the quality of our teaching' the highest category in the most recent official UK Teaching Quality Assessment.

7 How we teach: Lectures and Seminars Lectures are normally either one hour or two hours long and involve larger classes Seminars are normally one hour, but consist of smaller groups of 10- 13 students and are participatory or student-led Also: workshops, film screenings, group work, individual supervision

8 Your first year at Lancaster 3 courses count equally After the first year you can change your major degree You all do one of our Part I courses: BA Sociology students take Sociology BA Media and Cultural Studies students take Media and Cultural Studies You choose (Examples): Sociology Media, and Cultural Studies Gender and Womens Studies Film Studies English Literature You choose (Examples): Religious Studies Marketing Psychology Criminology Computing

9 Modern Lives Society and Nature Mobile Lives Key Thinkers BA Sociology – Part 1

10 1.Modern Lives To what extent are we as individuals shaped by the society in which we live? Or by our psychological / physiological make-up? Or are we free to do as we please?

11 2. Society and nature What has sociology had to say about nature, to date? How are natural issues also social in nature? Are we at the end of an era of fossil-capitalism? What can sociological thinking contribute to the study of climate change? Flooding in Tewkesbury from BBC News, 2007 What are the social impacts of environmental change?

12 Its good to see you. Are social relationships dependent on co-presence? Does more physical and virtual mobility mean more social mobility? What are the consequences of our increasingly mobile lives? 3. Mobile Lives In the 21st century, more than ever, everything and everybody seems to be on the move.

13 4. Key thinkers This block introduces you to five key Sociological thinkers and Professors working at Lancaster You will see: How their work has been highly influential nationally and internationally How it crosses into other disciplines Also affecting policy, politics and commercial endeavours How is Sociology being made?

14 BA Media and Cultural Studies We cover topics such as: National identity Race and ethnicity Femininity and masculinity Ideology The body Celebrity culture Consumer culture Audiences Subcultures We ask: What does it mean to live in a media culture? How do we make sense of the patterns of meaning in our everyday engagement with media?

15 BA Media and Cultural Studies Your Part 1 Blocks on areas such as: Everyday cultures Mediation and representation New media Cultures of resistance

16 We emphasise critical thinking We study and analyse examples from a range of media We read, discuss and engage with academic theories of media and culture

17 We make the familiar strange How are our identities, aspirations, beliefs and value systems shaped by our cultural environment? How are our everyday lives mediated?

18 Gender and Womens Studies Another Part 1 course run by our department Examining the different ways in which men and women are located in society and culture Exploring gendered experiences, representations and identities Explaining womens exclusion from many positions of power and leadership Leads on to many Part 2 courses

19 Option Courses – Years 2 and 3 Bodies in Society Living With Capitalism Consumer Culture and Advertising Society and Nature Information Society Friendship, Intimacy and Society Football and Society Gender, Sexuality and Society Newspapers, Journalism and Society Television, Society and Morality Globalisation and Transnational Politics Nation, Migration and Multiculturalism

20 Third year dissertation Diverse topics! Surveillance society Body image and eating disorders Terrorism The work of a nightclub bouncer The internet, online identities, and youtube Surveillance Society (Photo: David Moir/Reuters)

21 Other activities at Lancaster Scan – Student Newspaper Radio Bailrigg – FM Film Society

22 Alternative Music Amnesty Society Gospel choir Dance Ballroom Art Backpacking Green Action Climbing Sub-aqua Music society United Nations Debating Photography Theatre Group Unicef Creative Writers group Cinema Netball Life Fitness Canoe Club Parachute and Freefall 50% of students at Lancaster University are members of a Society Between 60 and 70 societies

23 What are Sociology and Media and Cultural Studies for? Studying these disciplines DIRECTLY impacts on the world we live in Relevant for: politicians planners lawmakers business leaders media, culture and creative industries

24 Transferable skills: Critical thinking Research methods Analysis Presentation Communication Team-work Web-work and IT Value of the media degree: Students with academic-led degrees more attractive to employers than media students with practical media degrees And afterwards…. jobs… Graduate employment in: Public relations Advertising Journalism Qualitative market research School teacher Social work Police Force Accountants College Librarian University Lecturer Consulting and Human Relations Management Trainee Law

25 Lancaster University is rated: -1st in the North for Graduate Employment and Careers (Higher Education Statistical Agency, HESA, 2009) - 13th nationally - 81.5 per cent of graduates from Lancaster are in a graduate level job six months after graduating (most recent graduate employment league table, HESA) - Compared to 85.3 per cent rate of graduate level employment for both Oxford and Cambridge!!

26 The UCAS process 1 st batch of UCAS forms - October-January (15 th ) Lancaster decisions by end March Students required to reply to UCAS early May Results in August – those with requested grades automatically given place Typical grade request for 2011 entry for BA Sociology and BA Media and Cultural Studies BBB at A2 or equivalent points across three A levels

27 Lancaster Applicants will receive: Letter indicating offer Invitation – one of three Open Days Drop in Days Campus Tours – 2 each month ergraduate/uk/visit.htm Department Open Days, 2011 Wed. 23 rd February Sat. 12 th March Sat. 19 th March

28 Thank you! Any questions? Admissions Support Ruth Love: Kate Mitchell: Admissions Tutors: Dr. Rebecca Coleman: Dr. Claire Waterton:

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