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BSocSc Sociology
Learn to critically analyse and interpret societies and gain skills for a variety of careers.

BSocSc Sociology

Year of entry: 2018

Course unit details:
British Society in a Globalising World

Unit code SOCY10401
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 1
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by Sociology
Available as a free choice unit? Yes


Unit 1 - Introductions (Introducing the study of society and culture; Sociological thinking in a global context).
Unit 2 - Gender, sexuality and family (Understanding gender and sexuality; gender and ageing).
Unit 3 - Race, ethnicity and identity (Understanding race and ethnicity; Race and cultural representation).
Unit 4 - Class and education (Understanding class; Class and education).
Unit 5 - Conclusions (Britain in a global context; Conclusion and revision).


The course aims to:
1. introduce students to the discipline of sociology by highlighting the social aspects of everyday life in British society, and how British society is best understood in the context of multiple connections with global processes.
2. introduce students to sub-disciplines within sociology by teaching a range of topics. This year the focus is on topics around national identity, race, representation; class, educational inequalities and cultural capital; and gender, culture and identity.
3. introduce students to theoretical ideas and empirical research so they have an understanding of the relationship between sociological argument and evidence.
4. enhance study skills by introducing students to a body of literature that they must read and evaluate for class discussions, exercises and essays.
5. provide students with academic support for readings and to develop their study skills and undertake and present scholarly work in their first year of study at university.

Learning outcomes

1. To consider British society from a sociological perspective and to have a sense of different fields within the discipline of sociology.
2. To know more about a variety of theoretical perspectives in the discipline.
3. To know more about recent empirical research.
4. To learn how to handle a greater volume of reading material than before, and to use their reading for class discussions and exercises and in essay writing.
5. To have used a variety of resources available to them in the university library, faculty library facilities and those provided via the Blackboard resource website.
At the end of the course, therefore, students will be well-equipped scholars who are able to proceed with more advanced forms of study.

Teaching and learning methods

The course will be taught as a three hour workshop. The precise format may vary across sessions but there will always be a range of activities (e.g. formal lecture, group discussions, practical exercises and sometimes video or audio slots) in each session and there will always be one or two brief breaks mid-session.

Assessment methods

Exam, 2 hours (100%) in May / June.
2 non-assessed essays, 1500 words each (5 marks deducted for each non-submission.)

Feedback methods


All sociology courses include both formative feedback – which lets you know how you’re getting on and what you could do to improve – and summative feedback – which gives you a mark for your assessed work.

Recommended reading

Most reading is specific to particular topics. However, the following more general textbooks are helpful and recommended:

Macionis, J and Plummer, K. (2008) Sociology a Global Introduction Harlow: Pearson.
Cohen, R. and Kennedy, P. (2007) Global Sociology London: Palgrave.
Abercrombie, N et al (2000) Contemporary British Society Cambridge: Polity

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Assessment written exam 2
Lectures 20
Tutorials 10
Independent study hours
Independent study 168

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Bridget Byrne Unit coordinator

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