Core Module Information
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


Description of module content:

Paying attention to the imperial and colonial European history, the module outlines the formation of ‘social sciences’ during The Enlightenment period as the constitutive element of ‘Modernity’. Starting with the examination of the early thinkers (e.g. Weber, DuBois, Martineau), social theories are explored across macro, mezzo, and micro levels (e.g. functionalism, conflict theories, symbolic interactionism). As the module unfolds, early sociological ‘Grand Theories’ are challenged by 'classic' feminist and critical race perspectives, to provide an informed and critical engagement with the 'foundational' works. Module concludes by questioning the Eurocentric character of the ‘sociological canon’ from the global and decolonial perspectives.

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.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 1, FACE-TO-FACE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 002
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Roberto Kulpa
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
LOs 1-6 - Each taught input uses a variety of audio-visual resources, discussion groups and debates to foster your engagement. Many tutorials revolve around set readings or other activities, such as debates, that involve peer and lecture support. You 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. You 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 in tutorials throughout Moodle to help you develop skills with peer-feedback and further feedback from staff.

LOs 1-6 – Require you to seek out and select appropriate information, which will enhance your 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 3-4 & 6 – This will enhance your critical thinking and the ability to construct a well-supported argument.

Formative Assessment:
Individual feedback on summative assessment plays a significant role, along all other formative feedback opportunities in the classroom. The feed-forward comments will be vital for gauging your abilities in critical thinking and academic skills, supporting element 1 of the summative assessment., and guiding you on expectations about written work at the university level, and about knowledge exceptions suitable to the level of studies. Practice quiz will prepare you to for the element 2 of the assessment.
Formative feedback will prove useful not only for the summative assessment, but also for the other modules in the Trim 2.
Specific timing of the formative tasks will be determined each year, based on the academic schedule, group sizes, and other elements to be accounted for in tailoring effective learning for students.

Summative Assessment:
There is one component, consisting of two elements: (1) critical & self-reflective report (ML provides scope & focus) (50% weighting); (2) quiz (50% weighting);
Element 1 covers LO: 3,4,6
Element 2 covers LO: 1,2,5

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
Report 50 3,4,6 7
Class Test 50 1,2,5 14/15 HOURS= 01.30
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

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