A Taste of Sociology

Ref: C2339983

This short one-term course probes beneath the surface of our everyday life and asks 'Why ?'. It looks at the pieces that make up our society, and at how and why they fit together. It compares and assesses different views on society and social problems. Sociology has been called ‘the Psychology of Society’, and the 2 subjects are closely linked. Topics to be looked at include the Family, Education system, Church, the Media, Work, Unemployment, Leisure, Crime, Prejudice, Social Class, Wealth, Poverty and Social benefits. We will look at each of these from the different classic sociological perspectives.

Course aim

To introduce you to the different ways in which people have tried to understand the evolution and workings of society. The course compares and assesses different views on society and social problems.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • Primarily verbal presentations by tutor, illustrated by handouts etc. The course is interactive and includes discussion. There are no embarrassing or difficult exercises, or examinations

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • • Demonstrate a basic insight into sociological perspectives on society and social problems.
  • • Discuss social topics with some understanding and social science insights.
  • • Demonstrate an enhanced practical understanding of the dynamic of social institutions and interactions.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • informal assessment by answers to open questions and student contributions to discussions.

What else do I need to know?

  • need to bring pen & notebook for your own notes, and to have a folder for the handouts which will be provided.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • No essential textbook, but students may wish to supplement the course by reading a basic textbook of up to GCSE level. Advice will be given on optional reading if so desired..

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • The course may prove helpful towards preparing for or enhancing experience of some jobs in the workplace,

Download full course information sheet

A Taste of Sociology

Is this course right for me? Request more information

This course has been cancelled.


As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

Not sure or have further questions? Contact courseenquiries@wea.org.uk

Visa Credit payments supported by RBS WorldPay Visa Debit payments supported by RBS WorldPay Visa Electron payments supported by RBS WorldPay Mastercard payments supported by RBS WorldPay Maestro payments supported by RBS WorldPay JCB payments supported by RBS WorldPay Solo payments supported by RBS WorldPay
RBS WorldPay Payments Processing