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Sociology: What nobody tells you

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It’s easy to get caught up flicking through countless university prospectuses. But what are the little things they don’t tell you? Here are five hidden gems I discovered during my first year studying Sociology at Newcastle University

1. IT’S NOT JUST ABOUT THE 3 DEAD WHITE MEN (Marx, Durkheim and Weber)

At Newcastle, there’s more to Sociology than just classical theorists. During the first year in particular, you’re introduced to the subject of Anthropology. You can also choose modules from other subject areas, like Politics and Geography.


Sociology Society (SocSoc) has its own netball team for students in all years. The team play and compete against other teams at Newcastle University, known as the intra-mural league. Currently SocSoc only enter a netball team into the intra-mural league, but there are over 60 other sports available such as rugby, football and mixed hockey.

Girls playing netball as a part of the intra-mural league at Newcastle.

The netball team playing a match in the intra-mural league at Newcastle University


We may not be studying Geography, but we can still go on field trips! Field trips form a crucial part of the teaching and learning process at Newcastle. In Sociology we go on field trips to help us research areas that are useful for our upcoming assessments.

During my first year we visited the North East coastal towns of Whitley Bay, Cullercoats and Tynemouth. We also visited Leeds city centre for a day!


The truth is, working hard does pay off. The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Newcastle University offers scholarships for all new students from the UK and EU countries who achieve at least ABB or equivalent at A Level.


Yes, the rumours are true – Newcastle does have boys within the Sociology department! So ignore anyone who says that Sociology is a ‘girls’ subject. It’s definitely not true.  At Newcastle there are a large number of  boys as well as girls on the course.



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