This module provides an introduction for first year sociology and criminology students to the study of contemporary society. The module engages key issues and debates that constitute the subject matter, while introducing the themes and perspectives that inform social inquiry. You will also engage with core approaches to understanding contemporary society and the social relations that comprise it.
This module will equip you with key sociological tools to explore social experience, or ‘doing things together’. Focusing on the lives of young people, you will explore key transformations at work in contemporary social life, including individualisation, processes of inclusion and exclusion, transformations in socialisation, changing experiences of selfhood and embodiment, together with new forms of power. You will focus, each week, on a social practice from diet and eating together to new forms of digital collaborations and ways of sharing hopes and fears.
This module aims to instruct you on the skills required for undertaking an undergraduate degree in either sociology or criminology, and the basic components of social science research through researching the city. This module provides an engaging opportunity to be introduced to different research methods and approaches as well as more generally study skills while exploring from an academic point of view the city where you study in and live in. Many of these skills will have relevance beyond your degree, and will be attractive to future employers. You will also be introduced to a range of critical writing skills that link to other modules across the year. Many of these skills will have relevance beyond your degree, and will be attractive to future employers.
Thinking Sociologically considers sociology as a scientific enterprise with its own distinctive ways of viewing and understanding social life, from the intimate and personal, to the more impersonal relationships between individuals, groups, and nations. Combining sociological theory and practical investigation, you will learn how living amongst others shapes our understanding of ourselves and others, as well as our everyday thoughts and actions. Thinking Sociologically also teaches us that things which appear inevitable or unalterable, can be open to change and transformation. This creates the possibility of successfully managing our personal life and the collective life we share with others.
This module aims to develop your evaluative abilities regarding quantitative and qualitative research methodologies as well as to introduce you to the underlying philosophical and ethical principles of social research. It aims to make clear the links between theory, method and data, to define what data is within different research paradigms and the various ways of generating and analysing it, and to understand and critique published research. Emphasis is placed on developing awareness and critique of secondary sources. The module also aims to prepare you for the development of a proposal for the final year dissertation project. Throughout the module, you will apply the various components of research methods to the specific subject of the programme you are studying.
This module develops your understanding of sociological theory by focusing on the key theories and ideas that have emerged from the late 20th to early 21st century. Specifically, it aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of the continuities and discontinuities within sociological theory during this period, and to explore the influences of classical and early modern sociological theory within contemporary sociological theory and debates. Throughout the module each of the theoretical approaches and ideas will be applied to contemporary social issues, thus underlining the relevance of the sociological imagination to an understanding of different features and social transformations which have occurred within the global world today.
This module takes as its focus the transformations of institutions, relations, experiences and identities brought about by the forces of globalisation. With a particular focus on political sociology, it examines the relationship between the contemporary nation-state and the forces of change operating above, below and alongside the state. The module explores the nature, dynamics and transformations of the state, and its relationship to society, in a globalising context also associated with important social changes in the fields of mobility, culture, the media, religion and security. You will gain the theoretical, conceptual and methodological tools to evaluate the implications of globalisation for understanding the nature of, and relationship between, state and society in the contemporary era.
This module aims to introduce social policy as a discipline and explore the ways in which social policy can contribute to our understanding, not only social and welfare policies and the processes through which they are developed, but also the analysis of social institutions, social divisions and social relations. It deals with contemporary social policy issues and critically analyses the extent to which social policy can affect in everyday personal and working lives. The module explores the idea of social welfare and its relationship to politics, society and implementation. The implications of contemporary social policy issues related to retirement and pension, social care and social security are considered.
This module aims to synthesize learning from your Sociology degree providing an opportunity for you to study independently and investigate a topic in depth. It fosters academic curiosity, an inquiry based approach, the employment and application of research knowledge and skills thus facilitating the development of a higher level of theorising. You will select a topic of personal interest you wish to study in-depth and manage your own learning with the support of an allocated supervisor for this period of independent study.
This module is designed to introduce an insight into how demographic change (population distribution, age structure, labour force participation and ethnic composition) reshapes the local as well as the global societies and their implications on economy, health, politics and overall development. The module also aims to explore current debates about ageing populations as well as to understand issues affecting individual older people. A key focus is the crucial relationship between old age and the welfare state, to a large extent concerned with the provision of support to older people. In addition, you will develop your knowledge by gathering demographics, information literacy, problem solving, ability to present explanations, written communication, critical thinking, citizenship and responsibility for the state in the 21st century.
Many contemporary nation states are increasingly characterised by diversity, to the point of being commonly referred to as 'cosmopolitan'. Such diversity may be presented as threat and/or opportunity, depending on the nature and extent of that diversity, and on the standpoint from which the diversity is being judged. This module seeks to explore some of the most significant dimensions of diversity, as experienced within the late-modern era. In so doing, it will examine the nature, dynamics, effects and conflicts surrounding these diversities, and consider both the commonalities and differences associated with them. The module will adopt a comparative approach, examining the varied ways in which diversity becomes significant in different national contexts.
Placements provide an opportunity for you to apply, consolidate and develop skills and knowledge gained in the classroom to the responsibilities of the placement and future employment. You will be assisted to find an appropriate placement with an organisation relevant to your studies where you will develop and apply critical and reflective capabilities in an employment context.
This module develops your critical understanding of media, communication and society. In particular, it explores different aspects of the development of media and communication within a networked global world, media institutions and the economic, political, cultural and social consequences of media concentration and convergence; media audiences and effects; media as a institution and instrument of state and state policy; and various issues and debates related to the role of the media in societies. The module also looks at the development of new media technologies as providing alternative and oppositional opportunities and perspectives; as an autonomous public sphere; as a key mobilising resource used by collective movements and protest groups to challenge dominant ideological and hegemonic representations and common sense understandings of the world. This module will be of interest to those interested in examining the role of different media and media institutions in a transnationally communicative world.
This module aims to provide a critical understanding of contemporary migratory processes, migrant communities and experiences and issues of citizenship. You will gain an understanding of the sources and methods appropriate to the study of migration and migrant communities.
This module provides you with the knowledge and skills to develop an in-depth understanding of the sociology of contentious politics. The emphasis of the module is on the social context in which social movements arise to articulate and address the problems and conflicts of their time. You will be introduced to the main theoretical and conceptual approaches to the study of social conflict and social change in an historical context, as well as the epistemological and methodological issues that pertain to the study of social transformation. The module culminates in a focus on the contemporary context of the global financial crisis and the social conflicts that have arisen in its wake.
This module aims to introduce the processes responsible for the creation of social exclusion and to the policies aimed to promote inclusion. The module introduces the three key areas in which one can look for causes, the economy, the state and in the functions of daily life. These causes however all happen in particular locations and for that reason you will examine the processes whereby these causes are reinforced and reproduced in different places. You will also examine strategies that have been developed under different political regimes to overcome exclusion. In order to evaluate the policies there is a special emphasis upon policy analysis which is introduced as a skill in the module.
This module aims to provide a broad overview of statistical methods and data analysis for social sciences. The module describes various sources of data, data collection, and data management, various statistical tools for model building purposes in social sciences. Moreover, it is designed to explore basic principles and to provide advanced instruction in data analysis, including the construction and analysis of tables, the graphical analysis of data, the use of statistical tests, the application of univariate, bivariate statistics and multivariate models to social science research, and the use of software programmes mainly SPSS to analyse data.
The family represents the foundation of Muslim society. The aim of this module is to use the family as a lens through which we can attain an in-depth understanding of Islam as a religion and critically appreciate the actions and practices that inform the life of Muslims, according to the varied social contexts in which they live. Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world today and one that has taken centre stage as the dominant theme in debates on most aspects of current world affairs. Through a rigorous exploration of theories and practices of family life this module offers students the opportunity to gain advanced knowledge of the history, teachings and practices of Islam from a dispassionate, critical yet objective, non-denominational perspective.
This module aims to critically explore and understand violence in all its angles and meanings and from a global perspective - from personal violence, domestic violence and gender violence, to systemic violence and violence perpetrated by the state and its apparatus, from the street violence of riots and political radicalism to the inherent violence of globalisation, capitalism, fundamentalism and language. You will be offered the opportunity to develop a critical knowledge of a number of issues related to violence and to locate them both within a national and a global perspective.
You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Optional modules are usually available at levels 5 and 6, although optional modules are not offered on every course. Where optional modules are available, you will be asked to make your choice during the previous academic year. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.
Alessio has experience of research and consultancy work on a range of sociological and social policy issues, including inequalities and discrimination, access to public services and migration. Alessio teaches modules on research methods, globalisation, migration an others
Start: October 2018
Duration: 3 years full-time, 4 years full-time with placement
Start: October 2018
Duration: 3 years full-time, 4 years full-time with placement
Start: October 2018
Duration: 1 year full-time, + 3 years full-time
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