Social Practices and Institutions - SOCI3460

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2023 to 2024
Spring Term 4 15 (7.5) Balihar Sanghera checkmark-circle


The module will discuss a range of substantive topics (e.g., families, deviance, economy and cities), examining how they address key sociological issues, such as agency, power and culture. The module will also discuss the implications of social practices and institutions for understanding everyday life and social change, explaining how class, gender, ethnicity and other social inequalities are significant concepts in shaping people's lived experiences. Classical and contemporary macro- and micro-theoretical perspectives (such as Marxism, feminism and postmodernism) will be employed to understand and explain social practices and institutions.


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 (2500 words) - 80%
Coursework - Essay plan (500 words) – 20%

Reassessment methods
100% coursework.

Indicative reading

Abbott, P., Wallace, C. and Tyler, M. (2005), An Introduction to Sociology: Feminist Perspectives, 3rd Edition, Abingdon: Routledge
Macionis, J. and Plummer, K. (2012), Sociology, 5th Edition, Harlow: Pearson Education
Matthewman, S. et al (2007), Being Sociological, Basingstoke: Palgrave
Marsh. I. et al. (2009), Sociology: Making Sense of Society, 4th Edition, Harlow: Pearson Education

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 substantive topics (e.g., families, economy, cities and political power) in sociology.
8.2 Have knowledge of competing sociological arguments on social practices and institutions.
8.3 Understand the implications of social processes and institutions on everyday practices.
8.4 Understand some of the sociological controversies in promoting a critical social science.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
9.1 Demonstrate skills in communication, utilising empirical data and information technology.
9.2 Demonstrate skills in information technology, using virtual learning environments.
9.3 Demonstrate skills regarding 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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