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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 documents below:

Please also check the Part II FAQ pages for frequently asked questions about these alternative teaching and assessment arrangements (Raven login required).

For a summary of the Sociology 3rd year course, click here: Part IIB handbook

Lecture Time Table

HSPS part II lecture time-table
This is a live timetable that is updated with changes as they happen. The e-timetable can also be exported to your device; if you would like to do this please make sure that your device's time-zone is set to London, UK.

Sociology Lecture-List
This is a static pdf document and is updated regularly;  to find out when this was last updated please see the footer 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

HSPS part II Sociology Paper Combinations

Consult the PtIIB Sociology Options Guide to choose your papers for 2020-21. Register your choices by 22 May, here.


Part IIB papers offered by Sociology in 2019-20:

SOC6.       A subject in sociology I: Advanced Social Theory: organised by Prof J Gabrys

SOC7.       A subject in sociology II: Media, Culture and Society: organised by Dr E McPherson

SOC8.       A subject in sociology III: Religion and Contentious Mobilization:organised by Dr T Donker

SOC9.       A subject in sociology IV: Global Capitalism: organised by Dr S Hogarth (M) & Dr A Meghji (L&E)

SOC10.     A subject in sociology V: Gender: organised by Dr T Page

SOC11.     A subject in sociology VI: Racism, Race and Ethnicity: organised by Dr M Moreno Figueroa

SOC12    A subject in sociology VII: Social Problems in Modern Britain: organised by Dr J Miley (M&E) and Dr M Ramsden (L)

SOC13.     A subject in sociology VIII: Health, Medicine and Society; organised by Dr D Weinberg

SOC15/CRIM4.     Criminology, sentencing, and the penal system (Paper 34 of the Law Tripos): organised by Prof L Gelsthorpe

CRIM 5     Social Networks and Crime: Global perspectives on social order, violence and organised crime: organised by Dr P Campana

Sociology Dissertation: organised by  Dr Rikke Amundsen



Joint Tracks

Politics and Sociology (2019-20)

  • The secretary is the administrator for this joint track.
  • You will take two papers chosen from POL 6, POL10-21
  • You will take two papers chosen from SOC5-15

You can offer a dissertation as your fourth paper (unless PO19 or POL20 is chosen)

  • 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 SOC 5-15
  • One Paper chosen from  SAN5 (Thought, Belief, and Ethics) or SAN6 (Political Economy and Social Transformation) and one paper from SAN4-SAN13

You can offer a dissertation as your fourth paper

  • 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 Two papers chosen from SOC 5-15
  •  CRIM4 (Criminology, Sentencing and the Penal System) and CRIM5 (Social Networks and Crime)

You can offer a dissertation as your fourth paper

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

Dissertations guidelines

If your dissertation field work involves interviewing participants, you will need to apply for Ethical Approval.  The Ethics Application form can be downloaded here. Ethics and Risks Guidelines can be found here.



Titles: Friday 18 October 2019

Title application form can be downloaded here.

*changes to titles must be submitted not later than 10 Feb 2020

Submission: Monday 11 May 2020, by 12.00 noon- Please note new deadline!

Electronic versions should be sent to and TWO hard-copies should be handed-in at the Sociology Office, 16 Lane


Marking Criteria for Scripts, Soc 4 essays and Dissertations
Classing criteria for HSPS Part IIB can be found here. For 2019-20, the classing criteria have been update for HSPS Part IIB to reflect the fact that you will only be doing assessments for three papers.
Exam Data Retention Policy
Sociology Prizes

The University Guide to Undergraduate Examinations can be found here.

The exam timetable for 2020 can be found here.


Supervision in Sociology:

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 Darin Weinberg (Michaelmas) and Dr Ella McPherson (Lent & Easter).

Read the Sociology Supervisors' Guide.