Sociology of Everyday Life - SO336

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2020 to 2021
Spring 4 15 (7.5) DR T Fitton checkmark-circle


This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to the ways sociologists attempt to document and explain the social experience of everyday life. Each week the category of 'social experience' is held up for analytical scrutiny in relation to a particular component of 'everyday life'. The course aims to illustrate the value of sociology for helping individuals to better understand the contents and conditions of their social experience of the world. It also aims to document the ways in which sociological theories and methods have developed in correspondence with the evolution of modern societies. The curriculum will include topics such as, The Social Experience of: Work; Memory; Childhood; Food; Stigma; Animals; Charity; and Taste.


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Contact hours

This module's teaching is based on 22 contact hours and 128 hours private study.

Method of assessment

Coursework 60% - Essay (2000 words) 40%, Seminar Participation 20%
Exam 40%

Indicative reading

Fulcher, J. and Scott, J. (2007) Sociology, 3rd edition, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Giddens, A. (2009) Sociology, 6th edition, Oxford: Polity.
Macionis, J. and Plummer, K. (2008) Sociology: A Global Introduction, London: Pearson.
Marsh, I. and Keating, M. (2009) Sociology: Making Sense of Society, London: Pearson.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

Understand a wide range of topics which comprise contemporary sociology.
Display knowledge of competing sociological arguments.
Understand some of the controversies encountered by sociologists in order to promote critical thinking.
Understand how the discipline of sociology focuses on the social circumstances which shape and influence our lives.


  1. Credit level 4. Certificate level module usually taken in the first stage of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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