Joint-honours information for 2016 entry

A Sociology of 21st Century Britain

Module L4070

Module details for 2016/17.

15 credits

FHEQ Level 4

Module Outline

A Sociology of 21st Century Britain will use contemporary Britain as an empirical base for exploring wider sociological perspectives. As an introductory degree level sociology module the emphasis is on developing a sociological sensibility to the social world. The questions that will be posed throughout the module are how are sociological explanations derived? how do different people come to different conclusions about similar social phenomena? what is distinct about sociological explanations - as opposed to those from other disciplines?

The relationship between empiricism and theory will be explored using examples from recent sociological research. The topics chosen broadly reflect established key themes in sociology however the exemplar material will be drawn from studies no older than 5 years. We shall be looking at how sociologists have interrogated a range of issues in 21st century Britain including work and employment, family, sport, intimacy, life online, nationalism, death and wealth.

The first engagement with degree level sociology should be exciting and the module is designed to demonstrate the capacity of sociology to explore the social world in interesting, challenging and critical ways.

Module learning outcomes

Understand the role of theory in contemporary sociology

Reflect on their experience of one society

Access and evaluate a range of online source materials and research outputs

Demonstrate basic skills for essay writing, including appropriate planning and organisation.

ObservationAutumn Semester100.00%

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.

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