OverviewSociology offers insight into how society works. To do this, we question and look behind the common sense view of everything in the social world. This course looks at a range of important and topical aspects of society and explains how we can make better sense of them by thinking sociologically. The aim is to introduce students to the wide range of topics which comprise contemporary Sociology and indicate how social circumstances shape and influence our lives. Why do powerful differences and inequalities between men and women persist even though both are now formally equal? Why, in a world that is safer and healthier than ever before, do we witness so much concern about risks such as to our health, children and security. These are type of questions we will begin to answer. The course is suitable both for those who have studied sociology at A level, and those who have not. There is a considerable emphasis on interactive discussion, through weekly seminar groups.
This module appears in:
Contact Hours: 22 (one lecture and one seminar each week)
Method of assessment
50% coursework (2 essays/assignments of 1500-2000 words) 50% exam
Macionis, J. and Plummer. K. (2012 5th edition) Sociology: A Global Introduction. Harlow: Pearson Prentice Hall.
To develop a significant understanding of a range of social issues and how the sociological understanding differs from common sense
To develop writing skills through essay construction
To develop group work skills through seminar work
To acquire skills in locating and sourcing sociological research and data