Joint-honours information for 2016 entry

Beyond the Vote: Citizenship and Participation in Sociology

Module L4069A

Module details for 2016/17.

15 credits

FHEQ Level 5

Module Outline

Citizenship and participation is a module looking at the sociology of political involvement beyond the vote. It introduces different forms and sites of citizenship in the contemporary state - in relation to welfare, health, work, consumption, family life and the city or urban community - and also considers different expressions of social or civic activism, from volunteering to violent protest. The use and limitations of direct democratic experiments is examined, through analysis of various types of deliberative forum and citizen polling, and we consider the appeal of notions of 'responsibility' and 'choice'. Students will learn through examining specific cases each week.

Module learning outcomes

Demonstrate understanding and knowledge of key topics and debates relating to citizenship and participation in political sociology

Demonstrate critical understanding the relationship between individuals and states in different societies and over time

Assess the strengths and weaknesses of empirical material as evidence in specific cases

Critically evaluate competing theoretical perspectives on citizenship and participation in writing

Unseen ExaminationSemester 1 Assessment50.00%
Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
EssayXvac Week 1 100.00%

Submission deadlines may vary for different types of assignment/groups of students.


Coursework components (if listed) total 100% of the overall coursework weighting value.

TermMethodDurationWeek pattern
Autumn SemesterLecture1 hour111110111111
Autumn SemesterSeminar1 hour111110111111

How to read the week pattern

The numbers indicate the weeks of the term and how many events take place each week.

Dr Catherine Will

Convenor, Assess convenor

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