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


2019/0, 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:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:

LOs 1-5: Each taught input uses a wide variety of audio-visual resources, group discussion and small group activity to foster student engagement. Students are taught in one lecture and one tutorial each week. Tutorial work is interactive, and is based on the lecture material and on readings distributed at the start of the trimester. Moodle is used to disseminate lecture notes and other information about the module. Students are expected to access Moodle regularly. Online learning approaches are introduced to encourage students to share knowledge and actively engage with the module. Students engage in an embedded writing exercise each week, which encourages in depth reading of set texts and the ability to summarise complex ideas, which is beneficial for essay writing.

Formative Assessment:
LOs 1-4: Formative assessment with regular feedback on student performance in class

Summative Assessment:
LOs1-5: Summative assessment in the form of an essay, to allow students to demonstrate their learning on specific topics, LOs 2, 3 and 4. Summative assessment in the form of a 1 hour multiple choice exam, LOs 1 and 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
Face To Face Centrally Time Tabled Examination 1
Independent Learning Guided independent study 166
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Essay 70 2,3 & 4 8 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1500
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 30 1 & 5 14/15 HOURS= 1, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 70
Component 2 subtotal: 30
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

Examining how sociological theories and concepts can be applied to an understanding of social change; exploring the process of social change and the features which create social stability; Understanding the impact of modernity and postmodernity in relation to some of the areas of society that you may study e.g. family, education, 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

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