Surrey University Stag

CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN SOCIOLOGY - 2023/4

Module code: SOC0001

Module Overview

This module introduces students to contemporary issues in sociology, media and communication, and criminology. Students will build foundational knowledge around the three disciplines, exploring key concepts and debates. The focus of the module is to encourage students to evaluate and think critically about the social world and structures they reside in, and to identify ways in which research in these disciplines can help us to understand society and solve contemporary issues.

Module provider

Sociology

Module Leader

ELSENBROICH Corinna (Sociology)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 3

JACs code:

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

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 106

Lecture Hours: 11

Seminar Hours: 11

Guided Learning: 11

Captured Content: 11

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

N/A

Module content

Indicative content includes:
 


  • Key concepts, themes and approaches in sociology

  • Key concepts, themes and approaches in media and communication

  • Key concepts, themes and approaches in criminology


Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework Annotated Bibliography 40
Coursework Critical Essay 60

Alternative Assessment

N/A

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate that they have (a) learnt critical engagement with academic literature and (b) can apply the gained knowledge to build an argument in an essay.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:


  • One annotated bibliography in which the students can show their engagement, critical analysis and evaluation of academic literature.

  • One essay in which the student can use the knowledge from the annotated bibliography and other reading from the module to demonstrate that they can build a logical and well-evidenced argument.




Formative assessment and feedback

Students will be asked to work in small groups in most sessions and then present and discuss ideas based on the topics covered for that week. Informal verbal feedback will be given throughout the session.

Module aims

  • Introduce the main concepts, themes and approaches in sociology, media and communication and criminology
  • Develop critical thinking and writing skills
  • Develop understanding of how different approaches relate to understanding social phenomena
  • Understand how to approach current social problems from different disciplinary perspectives

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Understand the main themes, concepts and approaches in sociology, media and communication and criminology K
002 Think and write in a critical way about social phenomena CT
003 Approach social problems from a variety of disciplinary perspectives 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:

Encourage students to think critically about different disciplinary approaches in the social sciences and to identify how sociology, media and communication and criminology can be used to approach social problems

The learning and teaching methods include:


  • Eleven 1 hour lectures to provide an overview of the weekly topic

  • Eleven 1 hour seminars based around lectures, group work, practical activities and open discussions




Students are expected to critically engage with weekly topics and will be asked to contribute to group discussion throughout the module.

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.

Reading list

https://readinglists.surrey.ac.uk
Upon accessing the reading list, please search for the module using the module code: SOC0001

Other information

N/A

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Criminology with Foundation Year BSc (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Criminology and Sociology with Foundation Year BSc (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Law with Criminology with Foundation Year LLB (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Law with International Relations with Foundation Year LLB (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Media and Communication with Foundation Year BSc (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Sociology with Foundation Year BSc (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Law with Foundation Year LLB (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Politics with Foundation Year BSc (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Politics and Sociology with Foundation Year BSc (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
International Relations with Foundation Year BSc (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module

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 2023/4 academic year.