Module code: SOC2077

Module provider


Module Leader

EVERGETI V Dr (Sociology)

Number of Credits


ECT Credits



FHEQ Level 5

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Semester 2

Overall student workload

Lecture Hours: 12

Seminar Hours: 12

Assessment pattern

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

Alternative Assessment

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


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 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
Have an understanding of some of the key transformations that have unfolded in Western societies since the early 20th century K
Understand the relation between past and present transformations KC
Appreciate the importance of studying the past in order to understand the present CT
Be familiar with arguments that have either defended or questioned the view that Western societies have been subject to broad structural changes K
Have learnt how to write a sustained and in depth treatment of a dimension of social change CT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

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

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

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.

Reading list

Reading list for DIMENSIONS OF SOCIAL CHANGE : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/soc2077

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Media, Culture and Society BSc (Hons) 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Politics and Sociology BSc (Hons) 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Sociology BSc (Hons) 2 Compulsory 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.