The Sociology BSc(Hons) uses a wide range of teaching methods that are designed to help you learn in a supportive and friendly environment. Students are taught in practical and interactive workshops, lectures, seminars and one-to-one supervision.
Sociology BSc(Hons) modules embrace a variety of teaching formats including:
Learning outside the classroom is encouraged through fieldwork exercises, reflection on real-world experiences, guided reading and independent study. Real-life examples are used wherever possible, by building on experiences that you bring to your studies, and through academic staff members' own research practice.
"Lecturers provided a very good standard of teaching and are a valuable part of the learning experience at Kingston University. They are very approachable and welcoming and are always willing to help students with any issues relating to assignments and other general matters." Nicole Edwards, 2014
All Sociology BSc(Hons) modules have 'feed forward' assessment opportunities, including self-evaluation. These are designed to help you to reach your full potential in module assessments.
You are taught how to receive and make positive use of feedback how to give constructive feedback to others. Examples of 'feed forward' assessments include:
Module assessments take a variety of forms. These include conventional academic assignments like essays and exams, and work-focused learning such as report writing and oral presentations.
We make full use of new technologies and approaches like blogs and academic posters.
As you progress you will start to do more independent research projects, which are supervised and guided by experienced academic lecturers.
The number of learning hours for each module is determined by its credit weighting. For example, for a 30-credit module there would be 300 learning hours. This would be divided into contact hours (eg time spent with your core course team) and independent learning hours (eg time spent on research with or without technical support).
Coursework is designed to be achieved within the set amount of learning hours for each module and is appropriate to the level of study. We encourage a professional work ethic, which includes how to manage your time. A range of additional support is available to students who require it.
Our courses are carefully constructed to allow you to build knowledge and skills progressively during your degree programme.
We constantly update our curriculum to ensure that it covers the latest developments in your subject area, including the research and professional experience that your tutors bring to the course.
Our course teams also draw on the wealth of experience provided by our professional contacts and highly successful alumni who feed into the design of our courses and provide masterclasses and workshops to enrich your learning.
Our courses take a progressive approach to help develop your academic skills through the modules you study.
Our Academic Skills Centres also provide one-to-one support and advice on the techniques you need to be a successful student including:
During your degree you will develop the independence, creativity and excellent communication skills that we know employers look for in successful graduates.
Assignments are designed not just to test what you know, but to help you develop your knowledge, skills and confidence.
Because we want you to reach your full potential in every assignment, we build in opportunities for practice and 'feed forward' on assessment tasks so that you will know what you need to do to perform at your best when you submit your work.
When we return your work, we give you clear feedback that will show you what you need to work on next time. You'll have the opportunity to discuss the comments on your work one-to-one with your lecturers and your personal tutor.
When you arrive, we'll introduce you to your personal tutor – the member of academic staff who will keep a particular eye on your progress throughout your time at Kingston University (and after you graduate) and who will show you how to make the best use of all the help and resources that we offer at Kingston University.
Your tutor will give you academic guidance and will make sure that you know how to access our other support services if you need them.