17 January 2020
Studying sociology at ARU has allowed me to see the world in a different perspective, and given me the ability to critically analyse theories and concepts. The modules I study vary, and this semester has had some of my favourite ones.
Now I’m in my second year I’ve been able to choose three of the modules I want to study: two choices in semester 1, and one choice in semester 2.
This first semester I chose to study a criminological module called Cybercrime, Security and Policing. The module is different to any I have studied thus far, and has been both interesting to learn more about and challenging. We were able to prepare a report on a real-life case of a cybercrime which I thoroughly enjoyed researching and writing about. The module has opened my eyes to career prospects as I am now looking at potential careers in this area.
As well as the cybercrime module in the first semester, I also chose to study a module called Body Politics. It's been very interesting and stimulating to see how our bodies are subject to so much scrutiny and objectification. Alongside the module we gave a presentation on a journal article/book chapter of choice relating to the course subject. I thoroughly enjoyed this style of assessment as it’s something different than simply writing a long essay at the end of the semester. It has also made me more confident in the area of public speaking.
At the same time I am studying two compulsory modules this semester, Social Theory and Sociology of Education. The education module has broadened the knowledge I gained at A level, and it's been very interesting to learn more about the education system that I am currently in. Looking at how educational policies have changed has also been fundamental to the way I view the importance of education in our society. The Social Theory module has shown a different side to sociology I hadn’t seen. The module was not your typical studying of Marx and Durkheim, instead it explored different sociological theories. We looked at the importance of how we conduct ourselves in society, and even the sociological relevance of the carnival!
What I studied in my first year was also very interesting, and it laid the foundations for what I am doing now. I just cannot wait to see what next semester has in store.