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Department of Sociology

Information for New Students

Congratulations on securing your place to attend one of the following subject areas within our Department at Durham University:

“Welcome to the Department of Sociology. I hope you will have a great experience here as well as receiving a world class education. You will leave Durham University with the knowledge and critical thinking skills to make a real difference in the world.”

Professor Nicole Westmarland, Acting Head of School

Please complete the following steps to ensure that you complete the registration process:

If you require assistance with this process please get in touch with your college and/or the Department. Further guidance is also available on the Student Registry website at If you have a technical problem, please contact the IT Service Desk at

Please note that the Online Enrolment System opens eight weeks before the start of your Programme.

First Year Module

Please find below an Introduction to our first year modules (including recommended reading and previous student feedback). We hope that you find this information useful in planning for your first year with us. However, please note, that we do not require you to undertake any preparatory reading prior to the commencement of your studies and it is advised that you do not spend money on purchasing books or reading material at this stage.
This linked section is subject to change and, as such, it is important that you check regularly for any up-dates pertaining to these modules.

SOCI1321 Introduction to Research

SOCI1311 Societies in Transition
SPRT1261 Introduction to Sport Psychology SOCI1331 Conceptualising Society
SPRT1271 Sport, Culture and Society SOCI1391 Understanding Crime
SPRT1281 Introduction to Exercise Physiology SOCI1402 The Criminal Justice Landscape

SPRT1311 Introduction to Physical Activity, Diet and Health

SOCI1411 Perspectives in Sociology (information to follow)

Contact Details

All members of the Department of Sociology are looking forward to meeting you in October.

In the meantime, should you have any questions on any of the above, please contact Miriam Chisholm (Learning and Teaching Administrator) on +44(0)191 334 6820 or email.

Further information about our Department and Programmes, including what our Students and Graduates say about us, can be found here.