Introduction to Sociology for University - FOUN0029

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Module delivery information

This module is not currently running in 2022 to 2023.


The module will be divided into three main topics of study which are intended to challenge the student to ask questions about their social world and to explore their own individual and cultural experiences within a wider context. In particular, students are encouraged to examine their common-sense assumptions by 'thinking sociologically'. To do this requires not only the development of a sociological imagination but also the use of appropriate methodology and theoretical approaches. This course will introduce these skills to students through different topics. Studies begin with an exploration of the Sociological Imagination and follow on with Families and Intimate Relationships, Globalisation and Sex and Gender.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 44
Private study hours: 106
Total Study hours: 150

Method of assessment

Essay (1200 words) (25%)
Seminar Participation (15%)
In Course Test (45 minutes) (10%)
Exam (2 hours) (50%)

JYA English Plus alternative assessment in lieu of exam
Written Assignment (1500 words) (50%)

Reassessment method: 100% coursework

Indicative reading

Required reading
Giddens, A. & Sutton, P. (2017) Sociology (8th ed.). Cambridge: Polity

Recommended reading
Bilton, T. (2002) Introductory Sociology (4th ed.). Basingstoke: Palgrave

Fulcher, J. & Scott, J. (2011) Sociology (4th ed.). Oxford: OUP

Haralambos, M. & Holborn, M. (2013) Sociology: Themes and Perspectives (8th ed.). London: Harper Collins

Macionis, J & Plummer, K (2012) Sociology (5th ed.). Oxford: OUP

Scott, J. & Marshall, G. (2009) A Dictionary of Sociology (4th ed.). Oxford: OUP

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

Specific Learning Outcomes:

Understand the fundamentals of sociology at a level consummate with their existing English language skills.

Develop basic critical and analytical skills through detailed exploration of sociological theories.

Grasp some of the key sociological ideas that have shaped modern thought.

Apply academic and study skills, with guidance, specific to the study of sociology.

Generic Learning Outcomes:

Apply critical awareness and critical thinking skills to other areas of study.

Communicate both verbally and in writing with improved fluency, confidence and appropriateness.

Understand the expectations of the international classroom and learning environment in a UK higher-education context.

Appreciate methods of assessment, deadlines, homework, seminars and tutorials and ensure compliance with these methods and requirements.

Exercise key skills of time management and organisation, and access support services such as the Templeman Library and IT services to support their independent study.

Understand how to use the available literature without plagiarising.


  1. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  2. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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