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Transferable Skills


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The Sociology Curriculum
Why Study Sociology at Reading?
The Department expects its graduates to enjoy good career prospects. Our curriculum, particularly CARS (and the future BSc), offers a variety of transferable skills. Take a closer look at what we offer!
  1. Writing - The Department requires a number of Advanced seminars of its third-year students; these Advanced seminars are based on intensive writing. Furthermore, the Department is strongly encouraging its students to write a dissertation in their final year as a way to bring together methodological, theoretical, and substantive knowledge in an original piece of work. This addresses part of the need for skills and experience in information handling.
  2. Presentation - One important transferable skill is oral skills and the ability to present clearly and precisely while being able to field questions and "think on one's feet." This we address through the presentation and interactive component of Advanced seminars (which require students to make presentations), but we also do so in many standard courses in the curriculum.
  3. Team Work - Many of our methodological courses require students to work in teams. This is the typical way of working in today's business world (students having to learn how to deal with free riders).
  4. Analysis - One important aspect of information handling is the retrieval and use of data for answering complex questions (about social life, business, etc.). To address this need, we aim at imparting strong analytical skills to our students. Students must learn the art of taking arguments apart as well as putting them together. The special CARS seminar Sociological Analysis is specifically aimed at developing those skills, but most Advanced seminars also strive to impart those skills.
  5. Numeracy - We offer a wide range of statistical options, aimed at preparing students for data analysis posts.
  6. IT - In a world increasingly reliant on information technology, we feel it is in students' best interests to gain competency with IT and general information retrieval skills for electronically based data. We require students to attend IT classes in their second year (and offer a special seminar on Internet Studies); further, most of our staff will be using the web-based Blackboard in its teaching, starting Autumn term 2001. The mandatory IT classes not only familiarise students with Blackboard but also familiarise them with information search and retrieval skills (e.g. information search on the internet and use of data bases) and communication skills (e.g. use of e-mail, chat sites and discussion rooms, electronic bulletin boards).

Check out the QAA (Quality Assurance Agency) document on Sociology benchmarking and the skills we provide


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