CURRENT SOCIOLOGY: TOPICS AND ISSUES - 2022/3
Module code: SOC1037
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The module provides a critical introduction to a range of specific topic areas of importance to contemporary sociology, with an emphasis on recent and contemporary debates in each as well as the discussion of seminal studies and core foundations. The precise range of topics covered may vary from year to year, partly in order to respond to recent developments, but the aim is to enhance students’ understanding of sociological thinking and research through reference to a range of example topics
BROOKS Rachel (Sociology)
Number of Credits: 15
ECTS Credits: 7.5
Framework: FHEQ Level 4
JACs code: L300
Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
The module covers a range of core and emerging topics in contemporary sociology. Precise content may vary from year to year in order to accommodate contemporary questions. The following list is indicative.
- Changing nature of the family
- Constructing sexuality
- Sociology, psychiatry and the self
- Sociology, deviance and the self
- Sociology, community and the self
- Work and the workplace
- The environment
- Globalization and culture
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|Practical based assessment||STUDY SKILLS||10|
|Coursework||1500 WORD ESSAY||50|
|Examination||1 HOUR EXAM||40|
The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate
Their knowledge of different topics, issues and sociological modes of analysis and their capacity to engage critically with the latter.
Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
· One 1500 word essay on the topics and issues discussed in the first half of the module
· A 1 hour examination on the topics and issues discussed in the second half of the module
· A study skills test
Formative assessment and feedback
Students will receive formative feedback on group tasks done in class and they will be provided written feedback on their essay.
- Introduce students to a range of specific topics of importance to contemporary sociology
- Connect classic studies and arguments with contemporary issues and points of discussion in relation to these topics
- Utilize the topics covered to enhance students' appreciation of sociological ways of thinking about and researching the world
|001||Appreciate the range of questions and topics with which contemporary sociology engages||K|
|002||Identify some of the continuities and contrasts between classic studies/arguments and contemporary contributions in relation to the topics covered||K|
|003||Recognize specific questions and approaches integral to each topic at the same time as identifying conceptual connections between them||C|
|004||Understand the ways in which different topic areas can draw upon broader sociological ways of thinking||C|
|005||Collate, outline and evaluate the key perspectives on selected topics through written expression||CT|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
Overall student workload
Workshop Hours: 5
Independent Study Hours: 123
Lecture Hours: 12
Seminar Hours: 10
Methods of Teaching / Learning
The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:
Introduce students to a broad range of concrete topics and issues which sociologists have sought to analyse, with the aim of stimulating their interest in these phenomena and developing their own analytical skills
The learning and teaching methods include:
10 x 2 hour sessions of lectures and seminars
1 x 2 hour session combining a standard lecture on a module topic and writing skills session
Weekly readings and seminar preparation
Attached to this module are study skills workshops designed to equip students with the key skills needed to study at university level
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 2022/3 academic year.