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Introduction to Sociology, Short Course

Introduction to Sociology, Short Course

  • Application Deadline
  • 14 days
University rank #23 (QS) ,
Introduction to Sociology at The University of Edinburgh looks at what sociology can do. Sociologists find out about how people live in and think about the world, they generate or apply theories about social life, they analyse how groups portray themselves and others, and critique inequality and injustice.


You will consider how contemporary sociologists work with key concepts and thinkers in engaging with the social world in these ways and will gain an understanding of the key purposes, concepts, methods and areas of inquiry in contemporary sociology.

The Introduction to Sociology course at The University of Edinburgh will introduce you to the principles - as well as some in-class experience - of core methods of social scientific research: survey research, qualitative interviews, ethnography and textual analysis. We will look at examples of research from a range of countries across a range of areas, including the body, young adults, gender, inequality, violence and the environment.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  • understand certain key sociological concepts, particularly those which link 'individuals' to 'society
  • developed an introductory understanding of the relationship between sociological argument and evidence.
  • Understand the purpose and value of sociological research in relation to both academic knowledge and public issues and policies
  • Understand key debates in sociological research about design, method and ethics
  • Know the range of research approaches and methods that can be applied to an issue or problem, and their strengths and weaknesses

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 14 days
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Course format

This course will be taught using a combination of lectures and discursive seminars. International case studies will be used to illustrate key theories and developments in sociological study.


Informal assessment will take place through group discussion, class room activities, questions and answers sessions as guided by tutor.

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

  • IELTS 5.5 (with a minimum of 5.0 in each component) or equivalent 

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    1186 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1186 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 14 days.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    1186 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1186 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 14 days.
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Living costs for Edinburgh

  • 725 - 1170 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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