Top resources for a sociology student


Faculty: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
School: School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Course: BA (Hons) Sociology
Category: Social sciences and social care

22 October 2020

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

    Thinking Allowed is a weekly podcast which covers new research on how our society works. This resource is one of my favourites, as there is such a broad range of topics covered across the series, and it’s a different way of learning. Reading is helpful and a huge part of the sociology degree, but sometimes when you want a break from reading journals and books, these podcasts are fantastic! I’ve found even just listening to them when I’m cooking or tidying in the background is a good way to absorb knowledge, without feeling like you’re doing tons of work.

  5. 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!

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