With a burgeoning passion for the social sciences that stems from my own curiosity regarding fundamental questions relating to how society shapes the individual and what factors in turn motivate the individual to live their chosen lifestyle, I view the possibility of progressing to university as an unrivalled opportunity for me to be able to delve into these questions through studying a joint-honours degree in the social sciences. I find sociology a particularly fascinating branch of the social sciences due to the bold attempts of sociologists to take what may seem to be unexplainable phenomena and provide an understanding of them that is based around sound methods and conceptual frameworks that provide real insight into society and the way it shapes individuals. The area of criminology is perhaps the most important field within sociology in this regard. Reducing crime is a perennial objective of governments; yet without understanding what causes people to commit crime such efforts are likely to fail. It is only through examining questions such as the relationship between inequality or social deprivation and crime, or the pressures placed on certain sectors of society such as poor inner-city youths to become involved in delinquent or gang culture, that we can truly come to understand criminality. Criminological matters also tie in very closely to psychology, another branch of the social sciences that I am strongly drawn to.
Social Sciences Personal Statement (Mature Student)
A sample social sciences personal statement, free to use as an example
I enrolled on this particular course with the view that it will help me achieve the skills as well as the qualifications I need to begin my University career this year. Up until March I was employed as Manager of the children's department of a high street bookstore. I had been employed there for nearly 13 years and had worked my way up to the position of Manager 5 years ago. With my job came a huge amount of responsibility and trust. Being in charge of teams of up to 12 people has given me great confidence in my abilities to communicate. I have been sent on many courses by my employers over the years, which have given me invaluable experience in time management, team building and customer care. Being employed in the demanding retail environment for so many years has taught me how to be disciplined about work and time, skills I feel will be invaluable throughout my studies at University.
How to write a personal statement for sociology
A trip to Mexico at age twelve sparked my interest in the social sciences. The level of poverty and governmental corruption jarred me whilst there, and thus my determination to understand why social injustice occurs and how to combat it formed. From this, a fascination with politics and society emerged.
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