Module code: SOC2083

Module provider


Module Leader

SEAL AP Mr (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: 11

Seminar Hours: 11

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework 1500 WORD REFLEXIVE REPORT 40%
Examination 1 HOUR SEEN EXAM 60%

Alternative Assessment


Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module overview

This module introduces you to a sociological understanding of the fine and popular arts (including painting, theatre, film, television, classical and popular music, literature, and pulp fiction).  Lectures cover a variety of theoretical approaches to the arts, which are illustrated by examples. Class discussion focuses on short case studies relating to the lecture topic.

Module aims

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Indicative content includes:

Whether art ‘reflects’ society and whether it ‘shapes’ it.
How social factors affect artistic conventions and genres and the ways production and distribution systems affect art.
How people receive, consume and use art.
How art is constituted by and embedded in society.

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Offer students lectures that provide a critical overview of the various approaches used in studying sociology of the arts. Students expand on this knowledge base through a weekly programme of essential readings supplemented by their choice of background reading.
Give students the chance to experience each of the approaches in action, through seminar exercises which focus on case studies covering the range of approaches examined in the module.


The learning and teaching methods include:

11 one-hour lectures which cover key topics in sociology of the arts.

11 one-hour seminars carrying out work on case studies in the sociology of the arts.

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate that they have developed an understanding of art and popular culture in society and can ‘think critically/reflect’ with this knowledge.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

One 1500 word reflexive report
One seen exam (1 hour)


Formative assessment and feedback

Students are encouraged to submit a 2 sided plan prior to the Easter break.  They then receive one-to-one oral feedback on this plan.

Reading list


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.