Sociological Perspectives and Concepts - SOCI3450

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Autumn Term 4 15 (7.5) Balihar Sanghera checkmark-circle


The module will discuss classical and contemporary sociological perspectives (including Marxism, Weberianism, feminism and Bourdieusian), examining how they address key sociological debates, such as modernity, social order, conflict, agency and power. The module will also discuss key sociological concepts (such as class, gender and 'race'), explaining how they are used to understand social practices and structures in everyday life.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 22
Private study hours: 128
Total study hours: 150


BSc Social Sciences and BA Criminal Justice and Criminology – compulsory module

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods
Coursework - Essay Plan (500 words) – 20%
Coursework - Argumentative Essay (2500 words) – 80%

Reassessment methods
100% coursework.

Indicative reading

Jones, P., Bradbury, L. and Le Boutiller, S (2011), Introducing Social Theory, 2nd Edition, Cambridge: Polity
Macionis, J. and Plummer, K. (2012), Sociology, 5th Edition, Harlow: Pearson Education
Matthewman, S. et al. (2007), Being Sociological, Basingstoke: Palgrave
Ritzer, G. and Goodman, D. (2003), Sociological Theory, 6th Edition, Boston: McGraw-Hill

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
8.1 Understand a range of theoretical perspectives in sociology.
8.2 Understand how classical and contemporary sociological perspectives address key debates.
8.3 Understand key sociological concepts, such as class, gender and 'race'.
8.4 Understand the importance and use of empirical evidence used in sociology.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
9.1 Demonstrate communication skills, utilising empirical data and information technology as appropriate.
9.2 Demonstrate skills in information technology, including using virtual learning environments to develop essay writing.
9.3 Demonstrate skills in regard to the organisation of information in a clear and coherent manner.
9.4 Demonstrate an understanding of theory and research.


  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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