Sociology and Criminology

21st Century Sociology

Module code: L4070E
Level 4
15 credits in autumn semester
Teaching method: Lecture, Seminar
Assessment modes: Coursework

A Sociology of 21st Century Britain will use Britain today as an empirical base for exploring wider sociological perspectives and the insights that social science can bring into key problems and debates about contemporary life.

During the module you will explore the relationship between empirical research and theory using examples from recent sociological work, drawing from studies no older than 5 years, to look at a range of issues in 21st century Britain, including work and employment, family, sport, intimacy, life online, nationalism, death and wealth.

The module is designed to demonstrate the capacity of sociology to explore the social world in interesting, challenging and critical ways, but will be relevant to anyone who wishes to learn more about contemporary Britain, from the perspective of insider or outsider.

Module learning outcomes

  • Understand the role of theory in contemporary sociology
  • Conduct (comparative analysis) of multiple societies
  • Access and evaluate a range of online source materials and research outputs
  • Demonstrate basic skills for essay writing, including appropriate planning and organisation.