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Department of Sociology


Alternative Teaching and Assessments

Easter Term teaching will take place online via Microsoft Teams. Follow the steps in this Using Teams Guide to get started.

For information about the new assessment arrangements, please check the information contained in the Alternative Assessment Arrangements Part II A document. Please also check the Part II FAQ page for frequently asked questions about these alternative teaching and assessment arrangements (Raven login required).

For a summary of the Sociology 2nd year course, click here: Sociology Part II A handbook

Lecture Time Table

Part II lecture time-table
This is live time-table that is updated with changes as they happen. You can select "Sociology - Part II" courses and view time, date and location information.

Sociology Lecture-List
This is a static pdf document and is updated regularly (the last update is noted at the bottom of the pages).

PLEASE NOTE: Lecture recording, or taking photos of lecture slides is not allowed unless you have a disability or can’t attend due to a time-table clash.  Visiting academics who wish to audit lectures should ask the lecturer for permission beforehand.

The Papers

Paper combinations in the single Sociology stream or joint streams with Social Anthropology,  with Politics, or Criminology can be found here:

HSPS Part II Sociology Paper Combinations

Consult the HSPS Part II A Options Booklet to choose your papers for 2020-21.


Part II A Sociology Paper Guides (2019-20)

Soc 2: Social Theory; course organiser: P Baert

Soc 3: Modern Societies II: Global Social Problems and Dynamics of Resistance; course organiser: M Moreno Figueroa

Soc 4: Concepts and Arguments; course organiser: R Amundsen

Soc 5: Statistics and Methods; course organiser: M Iacovou


Part II A Criminology Papers  (2019-20)

CRIM1: Foundation in Criminology and Criminal Justice; course organiser: Dr C Lanskey

CRIM 2/ SOC 5: Statistics and Methods; course organiser: Dr M Iacovou

CRIM 3: Two long essays on Criminology subjects;  Prof L Gelsthorpe


Politics and Sociology (2019-20)

  • is the administrator for this joint track.
  • You will have a choice of papers from Politics. These include POL3 or POL4 and POL7 or POL8. You are then required to take two papers chosen from SOC2, SOC3 or SOC5.
  • More information on the Politics papers can be found on the POLIS website.

Sociology and Anthropology (2019-20)

    • is the administrator for this joint track.
    • You will take two papers chosen from: SOC2, SOC3, or SOC5.
    • You will take SAN2 and one paper chosen from: SAN3 or SAN4.

More information on the Social Anthropology papers and this joint track can be found on their website.


Sociology and Criminology (2019-20)

    • is the administrator for this joint track.
    • You will take : SOC2, SOC3.
    • You will take CRIM1 and one paper chosen from: CRIM2 or CRIM3.


Moodle Resources

You will find course hand-outs and past exam papers on the Part IIA Sociology Moodle site; journal articles and other copyright material are on the SPS Library Moodle site. (Sociology, Land Economy)

Other department Moodle sites can be found here:


 Course Work and Exams

CRIM 3 and SOC 4 ESSAYS Submission Deadlines

SOC 4 2019-20 Essay titles

First Essay: Monday 20 January 2020, by 12.00 noon

Second Essay: Thursday 7 May 2020, by 12.00 noon Please note new deadline!

Electronic versions should be sent to


Long essays guidelines
Marking Criteria for Scripts, Soc 4 essays and Dissertations
Classing Criteria for HSPS Part II can be found here.
Exam Data Retention Policy
Sociology Prizes

The University Guide to Undergraduate Examinations can be found here.

The exam time-table for 2020 can be found here.



The following guidelines have been set up by the Sociology Undergraduate Education Committee regarding supervisions:

  • Students should expect to receive 6 to 8 supervisions for each paper.
  • Students will be expected to produce a minimum of 4 essays instead of being required to write 6 essays. While still holding the stipulated 6 supervisions, individual supervisors can decide to use some supervision sessions to read and discuss an article, ask students to present on a topic, or find other ways to address the topic in ways that are stimulating and provide a learning experience for students.
  • Supervisions should not start later than week 3 of Michaelmas term,and should be arranged in week 0.
  • Queries and concerns relating to supervisions should be addressed by students, in the first instance to their Director of Studies; secondly to the Course Organiser; thirdly to the Director of Sociology Undergraduate Education: Dr Ella McPherson.

Read the Sociology Supervisors' Guide.