Module code: SOC2077

Module Overview

A wide range of developments have unfolded in Western societies since sociology’s emergence as a discipline in the early 20th century. Economic, political and cultural transformations, along with scientific and technological advances, are often said to be sources of social change. In this module, we shall explore some of the key dimensions of social change identified by sociologists interested in making sense of the above transformations. We shall also assess the impact of these transformations on Western societies.


Module provider


Module Leader

HUBBARD Katherine (Sociology)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 5

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 128

Lecture Hours: 11

Seminar Hours: 11

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes an exploration of social change in relation to each of the following dimensions:

The workplace



State-society relations

Political cultures

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework ESSAY (2000 WORDS) 70

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate:

Their understanding of different dimensions of social change

- Their capacity to develop their own assessment of social change in a clear, concise and structured manner, in writing.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • Short essay due on week 6 (1000 words)

  • Essay due on week 12 (2000 words)

Formative assessment and feedback

Verbal feedback in seminars and written feedback for both summative assignments.

Module aims

  • Provide an overview of some key dimensions of social change
  • Introduce students to a range of debates regarding the nature and extent of social change
  • Consider the relative merits of the claims found within these debates
  • Help students develop their own assessment of social change

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
002 Have an understanding of some of the key transformations that have unfolded in Western societies since the early 20th century K
003 Understand the relation between past and present transformations KC
004 Appreciate the importance of studying the past in order to understand the present CT
005 Be familiar with arguments that have either defended or questioned the view that Western societies have been subject to broad structural changes K
006 Have learnt how to write a sustained and in depth treatment of a dimension of social change CT
001 Develop their own assessment of the impact of different transformations on society CT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Introduce students to debates on social change, different forms of sociologically relevant transformations, while encouraging them to develop their own assessment of social change.

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • Weekly 1 hour lecture and seminar

  • Weekly reading and seminar preparation

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

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Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2020/1 academic year.