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Emotions in the social world - SOC00042H

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  • Department: Sociology
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Steph Lawler
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: H
  • Academic year of delivery: 2020-21

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Spring Term 2020-21

Module aims

This module introduces students to the sociological and cultural study of emotions. It aims to:

  • Develop a critical approach to the study of emotions
  • Consider how emotions can be seen as social phenomena that both shape and are shaped by social life.
  • Critically explore a range of ways of understanding emotions in the social world

Module learning outcomes

At the end of the module, students will:

  • Be able to demonstrate knowledge of recent theorizing about the significance of emotions in the social world;
  • Be able to conceptualize emotions as social and cultural products
  • Understand the relationships between social inequalities, social identities, and emotion;
  • Be able to apply their understanding of emotion to empirical phenomena, including cultural texts.
  • Have an understanding of the uses of emotion in the production and consumption of cultural texts.
  • Be able to critically reflect on, and engage with, the relevant literature
  • Have improved their communication skills
  • Be able to identify an appropriate data set and to critically analyse it
  • Have improved their skills in marshalling an argument
  • Have had the opportunity to improve their skills in time management, and self-organization.


Task Length % of module mark
Essay - 4000 words
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Essay - 4000 words
N/A 100

Module feedback

Feedback at University level can be understood as any part of the learning process which is designed to guide your progress through your degree programme by providing commentary on your work to date. So feedback means more than just written comments on written work. We aim to help you to reflect on your own learning and to feel clearer about your progress through clarifying what is expected of you informative and summative assessments. The University guidelines for feedback are available in the Guide to Assessment Standards, Marking and Feedback.


You will receive feedback in a number of forms:

  • On any formative (non-assessed) work, you will receive written or verbal feedback about how to improve your work (though you may not receive a mark)

  • On summative work (work that is assessed) you will receive detailed written feedback from the marker. This is intended to show areas in which you have done well, and areas in which you need to improve.

  • Your supervisor will also give you feedback on your work. S/he will be able to look across a range of your work and discuss ways in which you can build on your strengths and improve in any areas


Feedback on your summative written work is made available to you online via e:vision. You will receive an email telling you when it is ready to look at. You are then advised to take this work (printed out or on your laptop) to your regular meeting with your academic supervisor. Your supervisor will be able to look at your work with you and address any queries you have, as well as advise you on ways to improve your work.


Feedback on Exam Scripts


You can ask for feedback on your exam performance from your supervisor, who will go through your examination script(s) with you and discuss the areas in which you did well, and those in which you need to improve. However, you may not take the script away with you, or photocopy the script. If you would like to discuss your exam performance, please let your supervisor know at least two working days in advance of your meeting, so that they can make sure they have the script with them when you meet.

Indicative reading

  • Barbalet, J., ed, (2002) Sociology and Emotion. Oxford: Blackwell.
  • Burkitt, I. (2014) Emotions and Social Relations. London: Sage.
  • Bendelow, G. and Williams, S.J., eds, (1997) Emotions in Social Life. London: Routledge.
  • Greco, M. and Stenner, P., eds (2008) Emotions: a Reader. London: Routledge.
  • Redman, P., ed. (2008) Attachment: Sociology and Social Worlds. Manchester: Manchester University Press
  • Wetherall, M. (2012) Affect and Emotion: a New Social Science Understanding. London: Sage.

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.