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1 Welcome to the Department of Sociology, Lancaster University

2 BA (Hons) programmes: Media and Cultural Studies Sociology Combined degrees Criminology and Sociology (v. popular joint degree) Religious Studies and Sociology Film Studies and Sociology Organisation Studies and Sociology Social History Political Sociology Non standard combinations

3 Why come to Lancaster? One of the worlds top Universities: listed in the top one percent of universities in the world Ranked in top 10 of UK Universities The Times, the Complete University Guide, the Guardian st of all northern Universities National Student Survey, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, Sunday Times University Guide 2011 The student experience: – Lancasters college system – all Undergraduates offered on campus accommodation – Our unique degree structure... more on this later

4 The Colleges 8 undergraduate 1 postgraduate Students choose their college separately from their department - they make friends outside their subject as well as in their department, sharing knowledge, understanding & culture Bowland, Cartmel, County, Furness, Fylde, Grizedale, Lonsdale, Pendle The Graduate College: (MA, MSc, PhD, post-Doctoral research) a close-knit community: the city of Lancaster; the town of campus; the village of each college help make Lancaster a very friendly University you are not just one face in 10,000! organise events, sports, socials and more...

5 Why come to the Department of Sociology at Lancaster? Lancaster has one of the best Sociology Departments in the world; in top 5 in UK 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: Health and Bodies; Media and Violence; Friendship and Society; Terror

6 Research excellence Recently published books from Sociology staff:

7 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.

8 We have the freedom to adapt our curriculum continually to reflect current issues. This means the degree programmes are up-to-date and relevant. Our degrees aim to: teach a range of key theories, concepts and approaches in interesting and relevant ways help students apply theoretical ideas to real world social and cultural issues and problems innovate in teaching methods and keep our classes small intellectually challenge and stretch all our students (research led teaching) train all our students in a full range of transferable skills, so they are ready to begin their careers

9 How you are taught: Lectures and Seminars Lectures: usually one or two hours long and involve larger classes Seminars: usually one hour, and consist of smaller groups of students. They are participatory or student-led. Assessment: weighted towards coursework (e.g. 70% coursework, 30% exam) We also teach through: workshops, group work, individual supervision, film screenings…

10 Your first year at Lancaster Three Part I courses: your major plus two minors The three courses are equally weighted You sign up for courses in Intro Week when you arrive Flexibility: after the first year you can change your major degree You all do a Part I course in your major subject: BA Sociology students: Part I Sociology BA Media and Cultural Studies students: Part I MCS You choose a minor in (Examples): Sociology Media and Cultural Studies Gender and Womens Studies Religious Studies Criminology You choose a minor in (Examples): English Literature Marketing Politics History Computing

11 Blocks on topics such as: 1.Questions of identity; 2. Key thinkers; 3. Mobile lives; 4. Community and belonging Sociology Part 1

12 Blocks on topics such as: 1. Key themes in Media and Cultural Studies 2. Media Lives 3. Marginal cultures 4. Identity, resistance and protest in contemporary Britain Media and Cultural Studies Part I

13 Gender and Womens Studies Part I Run and taught from the Sociology Department Examines the different ways in which men and women are located in society and culture, past and present Examples: History of feminism in Britain; Disability; Law; Crime; Masculinities; News Media; Race; Class; Eating disorders; Makeover TV; Religion; Work; Leads on to many Part 2 courses

14 On our first year courses: You are taught by professors who shape the discipline You are assessed by 60% course work, 40% exam You get regular feedback on short assignments Sara Davenport

15 TOP TIPS Get involved in as many things as you can, e.g. clubs and societies, because this is an easy way to make friends Make sure you balance the social and working side to university Keep up to date with your work and don't be too nervous because everyone is in the same position. Don't hesitate to ask if you need help because there is always someone there to help you. Try and be open minded: be accepting of others opinions as it is a course which evokes debates and discussion Be willing to read as much as you can: Even if you're not keen on reading, each week try and do the set readings as they will help you to make sense of the seminars and lectures Do some reading (introductory) on the subject before you have your very first lecture, you do not want to be in there on the first day and not have a clue about what your being taught If you need help, your seminar tutor is there for you!: Some people may be too worried to get help but your tutor wants you to do well! Try and have the confidence to speak in seminars: Engaging in class seminars will build confidence for skills you need in the future for example presentations and even job interviews Print off the lecture slides for each lecture: Allows you to take down more notes which will help you in your exams and for essays Try not to work in your bedroom: Your room is a space to relax and switch off. Try and work in the library or Learning Zone where there is less distractions to distinguish a time for working and a time socialising. Get a job over the summer for extra boost with money Learn to cook a few simple meals Learn to budget Work out how a laundrette works =) Be yourself! Making friends can be scary but remember everyone is in the same position. People will love you for who you are! Join Facebook group to meet others who are in your course/ college before starting uni Read briefly over main theorists i.e. Marx, Weber, Durkheim Save up for a great printer, this helps me keep track of all my work. Learn how to find books in the library. At first, I was confused about the class mark system and would spend hours in the library trying to find books. Of course there are people to help you out. But it's much easier and quicker when you know your way around! Buy a calendar. My calendar keeps me in check every day. It tells me where I am, when I am. Being organised and prepared for university life keeps the stress away.

16 2 nd year Core Courses BA Sociology: Understanding Social Thought Research Skills and Techniques BA Media and Cultural Studies: Critical Cultural Theory Cultural Analysis

17 Option Courses – Years 2 and 3 Indicative list: Consumer Culture and Advertising Information Society Media in the Global Age Living With Capitalism Society and Nature Friendship, Intimacy and Society Football and Society Virtual Cultures Introducing Mobilities Gender, Sexuality and Society Imaging the Body The Chinese Century? Newspapers, Journalism and Society Television, Society and Morality Globalisation and Transnational Politics Nation, Migration and Multiculturalism Gender Performativities Image of branded baby from counter cultural organisation adbusters

18 Students on this course will be able to… Critically engage with the content of contemporary media. Have an understanding of the evolving role of television. Consider a range of contemporary moral issues. Demonstrate an understanding of the social origins of the idea of moral order, moral culture and postmodern ethics. Engage with the philosophical debates around morality, virtue, duty and good and evil. Undertake their own analyses of television programmes in these terms Laura M SOCL309 Television, Society and Morality BLOOD, SWEAT and T-Shirts

19 Students on this course will… Improve skills to employ sociological theory reflexively in the analyses of films, through discussions and writing. Be able to critically evaluate different theories and approaches to cinema. Analyse in detail a chosen film. Give a coherent account of diverse ideas and actions Demonstrate confident knowledge of the issues involved in the analysis of films in a sociological perspective Think critically about cinematic objects and artistic ideas Debbie SOCL316 Sociology Goes to Hollywood goes togoes to

20 SOCL340 Newspaper, Journalism and Society Students on this course will be able to… Describe and locate newspapers in terms of history, forms conventions and logic. Situate print media within a framework of cultural-theoretical questions concerning communication, commodification, reception/readership, history and culture. Compare and analyse a range of differing theoretical approaches on the social and cultural significance of newspapers in contemporary cultures. Laura T-F

21 All Students have the opportunity of spending their second year abroad Lancaster has well-established exchange Programmes with Canadian, US and European Universities Studying abroad is not as expensive as you might think as we have reduced fees which helps with the cost of flights. Details at:

22 Sample topics chosen by past students: Surveillance society Environmental protesters Charity advertising Culture jamming Advertising culture Body image and eating disorders Celebrity culture and role models The smoking ban Terrorism The work of a nightclub bouncer The internet, online identities, and youtube The emotional cost of care work Social class and pony clubs Britain is becoming a surveillance society where individuals are filmed hundreds of times a day by security cameras. (Photo: David Moir/Reuters) Third year compulsory dissertation/ independent research project

23 Extra curricular activities Lancaster University Volunteer Unit - INVOLVE Largest in the country Offers fantastic opportunities for all students to gain work experience in schools, with the police, and with a range of social and charitable organisations. Some international opportunities Lancaster also has long-running, successful and student-led: Newspaper: Scan Radio: Bailrigg FM Student Union

24 Alternative Music Amnesty Society Gospel choir Dance Ballroom Art Cheerleading Backpacking Green Action Ecology Organic garden Music society United nations Philosophy Debating Photography Role playing Theatre Group Unicef Creative Writers group Cinema Criminology Society SocSoc Student societies 50% of students at Lancaster University are members of a Society. There are between 60 and 70 societies `Strange doodles photograph of a factory in Lancaster

25 Some of the Sports.... Classes: Aerobic Workouts Weights Inductions Life Fitness Inductions Combined Inductions Climbing Inductions Climbing Classes Dance Classes Squash Tai Chi Yoga Judo Trampolining Circuit Workout Clubs: Boat Sub-aqua Judo Ski Cycling Rugby Football Canoe Club Netball Tennis Kickboxing Cricket Fencing Martial Arts Parachute and Freefall Plus a new Sports Centre 8 Tennis Courts 5 Netball Courts 2 Multi-Use Games Areas 2 Floodlit Synthetic Grass pitches 3 Rugby Pitches 6 Association Football pitches Crown Bowling Green Trim Trail & Woodland Walk Swimming Pool 100 Station Gym Climbing Wall Sports Hall - includes: 8 badminton courts Trampolining support rigging Cricket nets Archery Sauna and Steam room

26 What are Sociology and Media and Cultural Studies for? Studying these disciplines DIRECTLY impacts on the world we live in Relevant for: politics education media, culture and creative industries planning law business

27 We teach and support transferable skills in: Critical thinking Research methods Analysis Presentation Communication Team-work Web-work and IT And afterwards: jobs… Employers know that students from Lancaster are: critical innovative bright broad-based Our students are very employable Value of the media degree: Students with academic-led degrees are more attractive to employers than students with practical media degrees

28 Graduate employment in: Public relations Advertising Journalism Qualitative market research Teaching Social work Police Force Accounting Universities: research and teaching Consulting Human Relations Management Training Law See: The University is singled out for its high levels of graduate employment in The Sunday Times University Guide An above-average proportion of students get graduate-level jobs (74 percent) and Lancaster's unemployment rate is low. Postgraduate training: PGCEs (teaching qualification) Social Work Training One-year journalism or media production training courses Masters courses in areas such as: –Sociology, Media and Cultural Studies, Marketing, Information Technology, Human Resources… Ph.D. research Our students go on to:

29 Obtain A level / AS level / BTEC or equivalent Your offer will be ABB or equivalent Places limited this year due to government cuts and high competition. So, if you want to come to Lancaster, put us as your first choice! If Media and Cultural Studies or Sociology at Lancaster is for you, what next?

30 Thank you! Any Questions? Contact us: Anne-Marie: Beckie: Ruth & Kate:


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