Core Module Information
Module title: Understanding Social Change

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

Module code: SSC07102
Module leader: Gavin Maclean
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Social Science


Description of module content:

The aim of this module is to explore sociological theories and concepts to develop an understanding of the processes of social change and stability. Starting with the central sociological concept of modernity, each week we will develop our understanding of this concept and develop critiques of it from a variety of other perspectives (such as postmodern, feminist and critical race perspectives). The module will then help apply these concepts to a variety of different areas of society that you may study (such as work, family or the media).

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: Identify the differences between modernity and post-modernity
LO2: Evaluate the processes that underpin social change and social stability
LO3: Demonstrate an awareness of relationships between social theory and social issues
LO4: Apply knowledge relating to aspects of social change in key areas of society
LO5: Demonstrate academic literacy skills through essay-writing

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2023/4, Trimester 2, FACE-TO-FACE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Gavin Maclean
Module Organiser:

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 70 1, 2 & 5 8 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 1500
Oral Presentation 30 3 and 4 14/15 HOURS= 00.10, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 70
Component 2 subtotal: 30
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
SSC07102 Understanding Social Change