Sociology is the study of society, social change and the social causes and consequences of human actions. Sociology provides tools for understanding how society works, how social institutions affect our lives and how the relationship between individual and society creates, changes and shapes social life. Sociology sheds light on how human interaction both shapes and is shaped by the environment.
Sociologists examine how groups, institutions and societies are created and structured. Since all human action is fundamentally social, and often follows patterns that are relatively independent of the individual, sociologists are thematically concerned with everything from close relationships to global change.
The bachelor's program in sociology at UiA has a wide thematic breadth with topics such as welfare, inequality, globalization, education, crime, family relations, gender, religion and the multicultural society. Sociology offers theoretical perspectives and frameworks that enable the student to understand and describe the complexity of society. Research methods form a central part of the study, and the bachelor thesis gives students the opportunity to immerse themselves in a self-chosen sociological problem. The bachelor's program in sociology is suitable for those who are interested in understanding key characteristics of our modern societies and how they change.
The bachelor program consists of a specialization in sociology of 110 credits, which includes the bachelor thesis of 20 credits (all courses with SV code in the study plan). In addition, students will take courses in scientific method and ex. phil., as well as an optional breadth component of 40 credits
|1. sem||SV-133-1 Introduction to Sociology 10 sp||SV-143-1 Social Institutions 10 sp||ME-110-1 Practical Social Research 10 sp|
|2. sem||SV-134-1 Classical Sociology 10 sp||SV-209-1 Modern Sociological Theory 10 sp||EX-100-1 Exam Philosophicum 10 sp|
|3. sem||Minor component 40 ECTS credits (10 3rd sem. and 30 4th sem.)||SV-217-1 Childhood, families and gender 10 sp||SV-135-1 Sociology of Welfare and Equality 10 sp|
|5. sem||SV-304-1 Global Sociology 10 sp||SV-218-1 Deviance, Crimininality and Punishment 10 sp||ME-100-1 Research Methods in Social Science 10 sp|
|6. sem||SV-211-1 Migrasjon, makt og mangfold 10 sp||SV-303-1 Bachelor Thesis 20 sp|
Electives are chosen prior to the 3rd semester in Studentweb, in the period 10 June - 20 August. Arrangements have been made for broad choices that will help to give students a broader academic competence and opportunities to take exchanges at highly regarded partner universities. Restrictions on some electives choices may mean that students are not guaranteed a place on their first choice. Students who choose to go on exchange in the 4th semester will take an elective course at UiA in the autumn of the 3rd semester.
To meet current issues of sustainability, democracy and economics, the Faculty of Social Sciences has developed a new, current elective unit: ‘Sustainable transformation - concepts, approaches and practices’. The elective unit of 30 credits is given as three courses in the spring semester from 2022. Students who take the elective will gain an in-depth understanding of sustainability, and various approaches and tools will enable them to actively engage in the development of sustainability processes.
It is possible to apply for approval of a elective unit that contains other subject combinations and courses, and previous education can be professionally assessed and incorporated into the bachelor's program. Contact the student advisor for more information.
We reserve the right to make changes to the elective offer
Upon completion of the program, the candidate shall:
A variety of different teaching methods are used, for example lectures, group work, seminars and working with term papers. Tutoring is provided both individually and in groups. Attendance at lectures is normally not mandatory, but there may be requiremnts of attendance in some elective courses. The language of instruction is generally Norwegian, but some courses or parts of courses will be taught in English.
Faculty of Social Sciences