Critical Reading and Writing for Sociologists

Module code: L4071
Level 4
15 credits in autumn semester
Teaching method: Workshop
Assessment modes: Observation

This module is designed to give you a chance to practice and reflect on approaches to reading and writing that will give you an excellent foundation for the rest of your sociology degree. You will read a selection of contemporary sociological work, published in books, engaging in critical discussion with your peers. You will then draft a short review of one book, commenting on the conclusions drawn in relation to the methodology and data presented. You will be given detailed feedback on both the writing style and academic content of at least one draft on this review before making the final submission.

Module learning outcomes

  • Understand and demonstrate the key skills required for study at university including the nature and qualities of critical reading and writing.
  • Evaluate sociological research on the basis of a detailed and critical reading of published work.
  • Structure and deliver a short spoken critique of one element of published work.
  • Produce written work that critiques the content and conclusions drawn from data presented in an empirical study.