Fundamentals of Sociology - SO337

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2017-18 2018-19
Canterbury Autumn
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4 15 (7.5) PROF A Burgess




unavailable to stage 3 students



This course provides grounding in the basic history and assumptions of sociological thinking and research, and how they apply to key aspects of our society. Topics are less from everyday experience than in the Sociology of Everyday Life course, focusing on more abstract topics such as the state and globalization. Students will also be encouraged to consider competing perspectives on these topics and how they might be assessed. There will be a lecture and seminar each week and students will be encouraged to engage in informed discussion and debate.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

Contact Hours: 22 (one lecture and one seminar each week) plus three 1 hour study skills lectures and a tutorial hour each week

Method of assessment

100% coursework (2 essays 2500 words each)

Preliminary reading

Fulcher and Scott, Sociology (3rd edn.), Chapters: 1, 2, 3, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

To develop and understanding of different theoretical perspectives
To introduce students to competing sociological arguments
To raise some of the controversies encountered by sociologists in order to promote critical thinking
To obtain sufficient knowledge of the empirical evidence used in sociology
To become familiar with understanding more abstract social processes and institutions

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