Top resources for a sociology student


Faculty: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
School: School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Course: BA (Hons) Sociology
Category: History, philosophy and social studies

18 May 2022

My name’s Amy, I studied Sociology as an undergraduate and I am also a current student studying MSc International Social Welfare and Social Policy at ARU. Sociology is a hugely broad subject – you can research anything from class and gender, to crime, globalisation and much more! This means there is a lot of resources out there for us students to get through, and here I have put together a shortlist of some of my favourite books and online resources.

  1. Sociology by Giddens and Sutton (8th edition, 2017)

    This big textbook is a definite must if you are studying sociology at university. It includes pretty much every topic you could cover, including essential background reading for both lecturers and your own interests. Though I do not use this book necessarily when referencing, as it is preferable to reference directly from theorists' own texts, it has provided me with valuable knowledge over the years.

  2. The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx (reprint, 2015)

    Originally published in 1848, The Communist Manifesto is a favourite read among sociology students – especially those who enjoy researching Marxism. I personally brought the 2015 reprint which you can find on Amazon, but there are later versions available, such as a reprint from this year.

  3. Discover Society

    Discover Society is helpful site where you can find articles on countless topics in the social sciences. Not only is this helpful for background reading, but if there is a topic that sparks your interest this could provide valuable ideas for your major project in Year 3. There are even some articles written on this site by ARU lecturers about their own research.

  4. Thinking Allowed podcasts

    The Thinking Allowed programme is a great way to listen in to conversations concerning social issues, without having to read something from a book. I have found inspiration when listening to the show for various essays, and even for my dissertation in my Undergraduate degree. These programmes are available on iPlayer, or you can listen live, some listening recommendations:

  5. Statistics information – ONS and HESA

    A different resource that you may find interesting and will be useful for assignments are websites such as the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA). These two websites have thousands of articles concerning data in the UK. For example, if you are interested in the social welfare and policy concerning gender, you could look at data such as gender pay gap reports. These data in these sites is concerned with the UK, however there are other sites you can find if you would like to find statistics from around the world.

  6. The real world!

    Finally, the one place you can always find sociological research is in, well, society! Even just walking around can inspire discussions - looking at adverts could spark conversations in feminism, or looking at technology could spark research into globalisation. The world out there is full of sociology, and if there is something that interests you, don’t hide it away, let the ARU lecturers know as you never know the sociological conversations you may have!

  7. If you're interested in studying Sociology at ARU, why not come along to a virtual Open Day?


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