20 credits at level HE4
To explore changes to contemporary society that have been mediated by industrialisation/post industrialisation and understand relevant theoretical accounts of studying social life.
To consider popular or common sense accounts of social issues or problems and contrast these with sociological explanations.
To analyse forms of evidence that demonstrates the nature and importance of social inequalities to the understanding of community life.
To explore the function of inequalities in the development and implementation of social policy.
To examine a range of social issues e.g. work, crime, health, poverty in relation to class, ethnicity, gender, disabilities and sexual orientation and relevant social policies.
An Introduction to key sociological accounts of industrial society: Marx, Weber, Durkheim and an appreciation of other philosophical influences i.e. Enlightenment thought.
Exploration of the Sociological Imagination and C Wright Mills
Analysis of social inequalities in relation to class ethnicity, disability, gender and sexual orientation, through exploration and analysis of a range of social issues.
Exploration of relevant key issues in industrial and post industrial societies e.g. Work, Crime, Education, Health, Surveillance, Health, Risk, Poverty, drawing on key concepts such as Citizenship, Social Exclusion and Social Capital.
Formal teaching will be undertaken using lectures. Group seminars will be an important part of the course and will focus on analysis and discussion of relevant articles, extracts and academic accounts. Audio-visual methods will be an integral part of the teaching process. Informal teaching such as via individual and small group tutorials and role play will also play an important part of the teaching pedagogy.
Assessment will be via
A Documentary Analysis of 1000 words
An Essay of 2,000 words
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Understand key theoretical approaches to understanding industrial society||Provide a documentary analysis that demonstrates an understanding of key theoretical approaches as explanatory frameworks for the rise and character of industrial society.|
|2.||Distinguish between common sense and sociological accounts of contemporary society||Demonstrate an understanding of the "sociological imagination", by defining the concept and applying it to an example of social commentary.|
|3.||Demonstrate an understanding of the nature of different forms of social inequalities and how they impact upon the lives of individuals and society.||Describe and deconstruct social inequalities using relevant contemporary examples..|
|4.||Have an appreciation of key issues e.g. crime, health, poverty.||Demonstrate evidence of analysis of current social issues|
|5.||Demonstrate an understanding of key concepts within the social sciences, and their application to the investigation of social life, including the different types of methods that social scientists use to obtain evidence and data.||Critically assess appropriate academic research in relation to a social issue in contemporary society|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||Documentary Analysis of 1000 words||Essay of 2000 words|
There are no prerequisites for this module.
No restrictions apply.
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