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3 weeks


3 hours per week


FREE - Certificate for £42


Humanities and Social Science

About this course

Discover the fascinating field of sociology.

How can society be analysed? And what are some of the contemporary cultural issues in society? Get answers to these questions and more with this introduction to sociology course.

On the course, you’ll learn about the basics of sociology and discover sociological theories. You’ll explore topics including class, social inequality, globalisation and the media. You will also learn how to do your own sociological research, and present your findings.

What topics will you cover?

  • What is sociology?
  • What is sociological theory and why is it important?
  • Sex and gender

What you'll achieve

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Identify the difference between sex and gender and the terms binary and spectrum.
  • Explore the dominant narratives of femininity and masculinity.
  • Produce a glossary of sociological terms.
  • Investigate your own assumptions about popular culture.

Who is the course for?

This course is for anyone interested in sociology, cultural issues in society, or the workings of society more broadly. It would also suit those looking to develop their critical thinking or research skills.

Meet the instructors

Dr Steven Threadgold

Dr Steven Threadgold

Steven Threadgold is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Anthropology, in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at University of Newcastle. His research focuses on youth and class.

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