Module title: Introduction to Sociology 1

SCQF level: 07:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: SSC07101
Module leader: Mandy Winterton
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Social Science


2020/1, Trimester 1, FACE-TO-FACE,
Occurrence: 002
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Jamie Buchan
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
LOs 1-4 & 6 - Each taught input uses a variety of audio-visual resources, discussion groups and debates to foster student engagement. Many tutorials revolve around set readings or other activities, such as debates, that involve peer and lecture support. Students will require to engage in independent learning in preparation for tutorials by doing set and background readings. Moodle will be used to facilitate independent learning through the use of quizzes and critical thinking activities. Students will become familiar with accessing the library and e-journals and making choices in choosing research articles for their summative assessment. There will be a series of practical tasks within tutorials throughout Moodle to help students develop skills and provide feedback for staff.

LOs 1-6 – Require students to seek out and select appropriate information, which will enhance their research skills, knowledge and assist in planning for assessment. Critical thinking skills will be developed. Tutorial activities will develop team working and communication skills. Awareness of and sensitivity to diversity within society will be enhanced through engagement with the subject area and through interaction with peers. Familiarity with technology will be enhanced and extended through the use of the internet and Moodle to seek out relevant and appropriate information.

LOs 2, 3 & 4 – These will be demonstrated within tutorials and in the assessments.
LOs 4 & 6 – This will enhance critical thinking and the ability to construct a well-supported argument.

Two of the four writing tasks submitted between weeks 3 and 10 (final deadlines in Weeks 4, 7, 9 and 10) will be summatively assessed with each weighted at 25%, these will be graded and combined constituting 50% of the grade for this module.

The Week 3 assessment will be summatively marked, so as to give students a sense of the standard of their written work at university level at the earliest stages of the course, in line with LO6; the gap between this and the other assessments will allow time for feedback to be turned around and for students to have the benefit of it ahead of their next written assessment, in line with LO6 and in response to feedback from module evaluation and the SSLC.

The second assessment to be marked will be chosen by the ML from the remaining three writing tasks. The students will not be informed which assessment is to be marked, so as to incentivise them to submit all of the writing tasks, thus practicing and familiarising themselves with academic writing (LO6).

A ten minute group presentation in tutorial class time presented using PowerPoint slides will constitute 50% of the summative assessment to be presented in tutorials in weeks 11 and 12.

Formative Assessment:
Individual feedback on summatively marked essays in Component 1 will play a significant formative role. In particular the first of these (to be submitted in Week 3-4) will be vital for gauging student ability and providing guidance on expectations about written work; hence the gap between the first two assessments to allow for feedback to be turned around. Formative feedback on academic content and presentation skills will also be provided to presentation groups in Component 2.

Summative Assessment:
Two of the weekly assessments to be marked, together forming Component 1 of the assessment. Component 2 is a group presentation, taking place in tutorials in the final two weeks of the course, in which all members of the group receive the same mark.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 22
Face To Face Tutorial 11
Independent Learning Guided independent study 167
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Essay 25 1,2 4 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 500
Essay 25 6 10 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 500
Oral Presentation 50 3,4 & 5 12 HOURS= 0.1, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

Introduction to the Sociological Imagination
The difference between thinking sociologically and non-sociologically
The relationships between structure and agency
Macro theories of social structure and agency
Micro theories of social structure and agency
Introduction to key theorists/theories – Marx, Durkheim, Weber, Symbolic interactionism
Social Divisions e.g. social class, gender, race and ethnicity, age and disabilities and their interrelationship
The module will be delivered as a taught weekly module, using a mix of lectures, tutorials, small group work, Moodle and independent study.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1: Recognise the ways in which sociology can be distinguished from other forms of understanding
LO2: Define key concepts in the study of sociology
LO3: Identify social divisions in society
LO4: Be aware of the interrelationships amongst social class, gender and ethnicity
LO5: Be aware of a variety of theoretical approaches used in sociological enquiry
LO6: Develop an awareness of scholarly skills in relation to critical thinking, academic writing and presentation skills.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
SSC07101 Introduction to Sociology 1