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Department of Sociology


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

Lecture Time Table

HSPS part II lecture time-table
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Sociology Lecture-List
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The Papers

HSPS part II Sociology Paper Combinations

Paper combinations for 2018-19  Sociology Single Streams and Joint Streams with Politics, Anthropology or Criminology  can be found by clicking  here.

Part IIB papers offered by Sociology in 2017-18:

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

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

SOC8.       A subject in sociology III: Revolution, War and Militarism: organised by Dr T Donker

in 2018-19 it  will be Religion and Contentious Mobilization

SOC9.       A subject in sociology IV: Modern Capitalism: organised by Dr S Hogarth

SOC10.     A subject in sociology V: Gender: organised by Dr R Pralat

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

SOC12.     A subject in sociology VII: Modern Britain: organised by Dr J Miley

in 2018-19, this paper will be taught in prison, as part of the Learning Together Programme

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

SOC14.     The sociology of education (Paper 3 of Part II of the Education Tripos): organised by  Dr N Heath

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

Sociology Dissertation: organised by  Dr M Sparkes

Joint Tracks

Politics and Sociology

  • The secretary is the administrator for this joint track.
  • You will take two papers chosen from POL 6, POL10-20
  • You will take two papers chosen from SOC5-15

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

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


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

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 13 October 2017

Title application form can be downloaded here.

*changes to titles must be submitted not later than 9 Feb 2018

Submission: Friday 4 May 2018, by 12.00 noon

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 II can be found here.
Exam Data Retention Policy
Sociology Prizes

The University Guide to Undergraduate Examinations 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.
  • 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.