Making the Familiar Strange (L4072)
15 credits, Level 4
Your studies in this module are based on the question - how do sociologists do sociology?
In this module, you are introduced to epistemological and methodological issues in sociology.
From your engagement with epistemology, methodological questions arise. You address these questions, largely demonstrated through examples.
As part of the module, you explore particular epistemological approaches and reflect on worked examples of these.
You do this by counterpoising classic sociological studies with contemporary examples - critically examining the similarities and differences in epistemological and methodological approaches.
The examples you look at in this module open up space for discussion about appropriate ways of understanding social phenomena with particular ontological and epistemological frames.
Teaching and assessment
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Contact hours and workload
This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 22 hours of contact time and about 128 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.
This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, there may be changes to this module in response to COVID-19, or due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.
It may not be possible to take some module combinations due to timetabling constraints. The structure of some courses means that the modules you choose first may determine whether later modules are core or optional.
This module is offered on the following courses: