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.
This module appears in the following module collections.
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%
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)
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.
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Credit level 4. Certificate level module usually taken in the first stage of an undergraduate degree.
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