Why did you decide to study this course at The University of Sheffield?
Sociology appealed to me as a degree highlighting many contemporary issues we face within society such as crime, inequality and the welfare of the community we live in, among others. I was particularly interested in exploring how theory from prominent sociologists aim to explain such phenomena. What I have found within the past three years of my studies is that many theories and theorists agree, overlap, or contradict each other. This has led me to become more of an inquisitive and analytical student whilst researching and studying.
What are you enjoying most about your course?
My favourite reason for studying a degree as such at the University of Sheffield has been how relatable and fascinating the modules I have studied have been. The course collectively devises modules that aim to explain current issues we face in society through a sociological stance.
Who's your favourite lecturer and why?
My favourite lecturer at the university is my Sociology of Surveillance leader professor Clive Norris. I enjoy his approach to teaching through simplifying an array of theories and concepts to modern and relevant examples. I have always been intrigued to understand crime and deviance which was one of the main reasons I applied to study sociology. My quest to understand how and why criminals offend? Is Howard Becker’s labelling theory substantial as an explanation or whether crime is socially constructed?
What do you think about Sheffield as a city? What's your favourite thing to do here?
Sheffield is a great student friendly city. There is a lot to do from trying out new restaurants on west street, shopping at Meadowhall or exploring the peak district not too far from here.
Any advice for new students?
My main advice to prospective students are to make the most out of your time as a student at the University of Sheffield, three years seems like a long time but it flies by. Staying on top of your work whether that’s assignments, group projects or exam revision is key. I would say find time to explore what the city also has to offer by giving yourself beaks after you’ve achieved short-term goals or essay submissions.
What are your plans for the future?
I am in the process of applying to graduate schemes at the moment for after I complete my degree in July 2020. I am hopeful that I am successful at this and believe that my degree at the University of Sheffield has opened many areas of interest I look forward to beginning.
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