Joint-honours information for 2016 entry

Sociology of Fun (Aut)

Module L4093A

Module details for 2016/17.

30 credits

FHEQ Level 6

Module Outline

This module will introduce students to the idea of a sociology of fun. Fun will be treated as a key component of modern social relations. This is a completely new area of sociological enquiry and, as such, the students will be involved in social science as it is being developed.

Whilst there is a large literature on well-being, psychological and physical health and leisure - which will be addressed in the module - there is almost no social scientific literature on experiences of fun. Early work on `fun morality' had disappeared by the end of the 1950s as concerns about the longer term implications of good health, well-being and more recently happiness - related to discourses of the productive worker - came to dominate writing on the positive and negative aspects of our socio-emotional lives.

The module will address a central theme - that the under representation of fun in literature is because of a social representation of it as frivolous and fleeting - through the module this is counterpoised with data illustrating the importance placed on fun by a variety of people in a variety of settings. Here fun will be presented as something distinct from well-being and happiness due to the temporal impermanence of the phenomenal experience, but that it resonates through the telling and re-telling of the experience of having fun - which in itself stimulates fun.

Module learning outcomes

Understand how to apply observations to new ways of thinking about things

Critically evaluate established sociological writing

Be able to analyse and evaluate contemporary research outputs

Be confident in evaluating new and challenging material

Enhance dissemination skills, in particular writing for a variety of audiences

Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
EssayA1 Week 1 80.00%
EssayT1 Week 8 20.00%

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 hour11111011111
Autumn SemesterSeminar2 hours11111011111

How to read the week pattern

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

Dr Ben Fincham

Convenor, Assess convenor

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