Module title: Sociological Theory

SCQF level: 08:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: SSC08103
Module leader: Gavin Maclean
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Social Science
Prerequisites

SSC07101 - Introduction to Sociology 1

2019/0, Trimester 2, 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: Gavin Maclean
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Each taught input uses a variety of resources to foster student engagement including in class exercises and individual and joint presentations, group discussions and a reflective and critical approach to the subject matter reinforced through fostering an empirically grounded theoretical approach.



Formative Assessment:
Throughout the module students are encouraged to discuss key themes and issues through the medium of tutorial presentations and tutorial exercises to gauge their comprehension and facilitate the practice of public speaking. They are offered tutor support in the form of assistance before the work is submitted. They are also given written and oral feedback once their coursework work is returned.

Summative Assessment:
Summative assessment takes the form of a 2000 word written essay on material covered in the first half of the module and a final 2 hour examination on material covered in the second half of the module. This enables students to be tested on their ability to discuss a range of themes covered across the module.




Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 24
Independent Learning Guided independent study 162
Face To Face Centrally Time Tabled Examination 2
Face To Face Tutorial 12
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Essay 50 1,2,3 & 6 8 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2000
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 50 3,4,5 & 6 14/15 HOURS= 2, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

This module looks at a variety of sociological theories to demonstrate, through empirical examples, how they inform practice and explain social action. We start by addressing what sociology is and how it has evolved as a discipline since the Enlightenment. We they move on to consider the narratives of Modernity and the Post- Modern rejection of them. This leads into a more in depth engagement and analysis of some of the key `classical’ sociological theories and their contemporary social relevance, namely the Marxist, Weberian and Functionalist perspectives. We then proceed to explore and evaluate Feminist social theory before moving on to look at the work of the symbolic interactionists. In our analysis of the Frankfurt School we explore a number of sociological concepts that they raise from mass culture to social consciousness. We then move on to look at the work of Bauman and Giddens on the nature of `liquid’ or `late’ modernity and some of the important sociological issues they raise regarding contemporary society and social action. Risk society is the focus of our next series of lectures and here we explore the different perspectives of Beck and Furedi, amongst others, on the nature of risk in contemporary society. Our final area of investigation is the Body and what sociologists from Bourdieu to Wacquant have to say about how we use it and what is happening to it.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: Recognise the importance and relevance of theory for sociology.
LO2: Identify the contribution made by classical sociologists to the understanding of modern societies.
LO3: Comprehend the relationship between theory and practice and draw out the programmatic conclusions of different theoretical approaches.
LO4: Discuss key theoretical perspectives in contemporary sociology and the way they have contributed to our understanding of society and informed policy making and practice.
LO5: Differentiate between the central arguments of key sociological thinkers.
LO6: Develop critical reading, writing and presentational skills.

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