CURRENT SOCIOLOGY: TOPICS AND ISSUES - 2017/8

Module code: SOC1037

Module provider

Sociology

Module Leader

HARMAN V Dr (Sociology)

Number of Credits

15

ECT Credits

7.5

Framework

FHEQ Level 4

JACs code

L300

Module cap (Maximum number of students)

N/A

Module Availability

Semester 1

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 127

Lecture Hours: 12

Seminar Hours: 11

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Practical based assessment STUDY SKILLS 10
Coursework 2000 WORD ESSAY 50
Examination 1 HOUR EXAM 40

Alternative Assessment

N/A

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

N/A  

Module overview

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
 

Module aims

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

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Appreciate the range of questions and topics with which contemporary sociology engages K
Identify some of the continuities and contrasts between classic studies/arguments and contemporary contributions in relation to the topics covered K
Recognize specific questions and approaches integral to each topic at the same time as identifying conceptual connections between them C
Understand the ways in which different topic areas can draw upon broader sociological ways of thinking C
Collate, outline and evaluate the key perspectives on selected topics through written expression CT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

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 but most or all of the following topics are liable to be included:

·         Education

·         Health

·         Work

·         Religion

·         Deviance and social control

·         Environment

          Capitalism

·         Globalisation

 

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 2hour 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 also 10 weekly study skills workshops of 1 hour

Assessment Strategy

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 2000 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

In addition to verbal feedback in class, students will be provided written feedback on their essay and given the opportunity to discuss their exam results in a 1-1 meeting.

Reading list

Reading list for CURRENT SOCIOLOGY: TOPICS AND ISSUES : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/soc1037

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Politics and Sociology BSc (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Sociology BSc (Hons) 1 Compulsory A pass as determined by the relevant criteria is required to pass the module
English Literature with Sociology BA (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Sociology with Psychology BSc (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Liberal Arts and Sciences BA (Hons)/BSc (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% 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 2017/8 academic year.