Sociology and Criminology

Themes and Perspectives in Sociology I

Module code: L3068
Level 4
15 credits in autumn semester
Teaching method: Lecture, Seminar
Assessment modes: Coursework

Modern sociology developed in the 19th century in tandem with the rise of industrial capitalist society. It had a number of key concerns that reflected the structure of – and changes in – society at the time. These concerns have continued to preoccupy sociologists in the context of contemporary societies, which have redefined key categories and experiences.

This module looks at such themes and at sociological perspectives on them as they have developed in both classical and contemporary forms of the discipline.

Module learning outcomes

  • Have a broad understanding of main themes in sociology and key perspectives and evidence pertaining to them.
  • Understand key issues and to develop a critical perspective on them based on theoretical argument and evidence.
  • Be able to develop more focused and developed understandings and assessments of specific, selected issues and themes.