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Part IIA

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

Lecture Time Table

HSPS part IIA lecture time-table
This is live time-table 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 (the last update is noted at the bottom of the pages).


The Papers

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

HSPS part II Sociology Paper Combinations

Paper combinations for 2018-19  Sociology Single Streams and Joint Streams with Politics, Anthropology or Criminology will be finalised in May 2018.


Part II A Sociology Paper Guides (2017-18)

Soc 2: Social Theory; course organiser: J Thompson

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

Soc 4: Concepts and Arguments; course organiser: M Desai (M) & M Ramsden (L&E)

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


Politics and Sociology

  • 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 SOC2 and SOC3.
  • More information on the Politics papers can be found on the POLIS website.

Sociology and Anthropology

    • 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.


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.

Other department Moodle sites can be found here:


 Course Work and Exams

SOC 4 ESSAYS Submission Deadlines

2017-18 Essay titles

First Essay: Monday 22 January 2018, by 12.00 noon

Second Essay: Monday 30 April 2018, by 12.00 noon

Electronic versions should be sent to


Soc 4 long essays and Dissertations 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 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.
  • 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 Manali Desai.

Read the Sociology Supervisors' Guide.