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University of Newcastle

What Is Sociology? An Introduction

University of Newcastle via FutureLearn


Discover the fascinating field of sociology

How can society be analysed? And what are some of the contemporary cultural issues in society? Get answers to these questions and more with this introduction to sociology course.

On the course, you’ll learn about the basics of sociology and discover sociological theories. You’ll explore topics including class, social inequality, globalisation and the media. You will also learn how to do your own sociological research, and present your findings.

This course is for anyone interested in sociology, cultural issues in society, or the workings of society more broadly. It would also suit those looking to develop their critical thinking or research skills.


  • What is Sociology?
    • Welcome & Introduction
    • The Sociological Imagination
    • Norms and Socialisation
  • Sociological Theory: Too Easy!
    • What is Sociological theory and why is it important?
    • Comparing Major Theoretical Perspectives
    • Feminist and Post-Colonial Theory
  • Sex and Gender
    • The Difference between Sex and Gender
    • Making the Gendered Normal Look Strange
    • Gendered Marketing
    • Theoretical Perspectives on Gender Inequality
    • Sexuality

Taught by

Steven Threadgold


4.7 rating at FutureLearn based on 36 ratings

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