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Themes & Issues in Contemporary Sociology - SOC00001M

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  • Department: Sociology
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. James Cummings
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2022-23

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Spring Term 2022-23

Module aims

This module introduces a set of themes and issues in contemporary sociological research. It aims to provide insight into how certain themes and issues are identified and developed for social and cultural study; and how these are theorised and analysed. Through a wide range of themes and issues studied by members of the Department of Sociology, students will be presented with first-hand accounts of recent and ongoing research. Staff will explain how particular themes and issues are located in existing literature and debates, and how their own research contributes to expanding and developing this, and to establishing new areas, themes and issues for further investigation.

Module learning outcomes

On completing this module, students should:

  • be aware of a range of themes and issues in contemporary social research
  • understand a range of ways in which sociological themes and issues are identified, pursued and theorised
  • be able to independently devise a research question linked to one or more of the themes and issues introduced during the module
  • write a well-structured essay showing knowledge of material presented during the module and of further relevant material, including some found independently


Task Length % of module mark
Themes & Issues in Contemporary Sociology - Essay
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Themes & Issues in Contemporary Sociology - Essay
N/A 100

Module feedback

Feedback on all work is provided in a variety of ways and you must make the most of all opportunities do

discuss your assessment and study progress:

1. After each open assessment you will receive feedback on the strengths and weaknesses of your

work. This will be available within 4 weeks of the submission deadline

2. You will meet with your supervisor twice a term and you should discuss any concerns that you

have and also present your assessment feedback for further comment

3. You will be asked to comment on the teaching of the modules and results will be discussed at

Teaching Committee

4. You will have five supervision meetings with your dissertation supervisor through the summer

months to enable you to discuss the different aspects of your work.

Indicative reading

These will be available on the module sites through the Yorkshare VLE. Most reading materials will be journals or book chapters which will be in pdf format. These can be downloaded and annotated on your work pc if you don t want the expense of printing.

Recommended books will be available in the library for reference only.

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.