Joint-honours information for 2016 entry

Sociology of Everyday Life

Module L4040A

Module details for 2016/17.

15 credits

FHEQ Level 5

Module Outline

The aim of this module is to encourage students to think sociologically about everyday life, by 'making the familiar strange'. Students are asked to suspend any taken for granted assumptions they have about the rules and routines of social life, and instead to question these patterns of behaviour from the perspective of an external observer. The module will introduce students to some of the key theories of interpretivist social theory, such as ethnomethodology and symbolic interactionism, and encourage students to look for the unspoken rules and norms of behaviour that govern social life in different contexts. Thus the substantive topics to be covered include the home and domestic routines, interaction on the street, shopping and consumption, eating and drinking rituals, time and schedules, shyness and embarrassment, holidays and leisure, and the sociology of sleep. There will be a session about (and where possible, a visit to) the Mass Observation archive, which students will be encouraged to use as a source of data. An exercise will be set each week relating to the topics; the collection of these exercises will be submitted as part of the assessment task. Students will also be asked to give a non-assessed presentation on a text from one week of the module.

Module learning outcomes

Demonstrate an understanding of some of the main theoretical approaches in the sociology of everyday life.

Identify and analyse the social rules, routines and conventions that shape interaction in a particular context.

Assess the strengths and weaknesses of evidence to think sociologically about everyday life

Use interpretivist theories to think sociologically about at least two substantive topics from the course, drawing on personal experiences as evidence.

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.

Prof Susie Scott

Convenor, Assess convenor

Please note that the University will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver courses and modules in accordance with the descriptions set out here. However, the University keeps its courses and modules under review with the aim of enhancing quality. Some changes may therefore be made to the form or content of courses or modules shown as part of the normal process of curriculum management.

The University reserves the right to make changes to the contents or methods of delivery of, or to discontinue, merge or combine modules, if such action is reasonably considered necessary by the University. If there are not sufficient student numbers to make a module viable, the University reserves the right to cancel such a module. If the University withdraws or discontinues a module, it will use its reasonable endeavours to provide a suitable alternative module.