Introducing Sociology & Social Psychology - SPY00001C

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  • Department: Social Policy and Social Work
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Aniela Wenham
  • Credit value: 30 credits
  • Credit level: C
  • Academic year of delivery: 2019-20

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2019-20 to Summer Term 2019-20

Module aims

The module aims to provide:

· An introduction to different perspectives and some key theories and concepts in sociology and social psychology

  • A series of analytic frameworks through which students can begin to understand the social world
  • An introduction to issues of difference and diversity
  • An introduction to different theories and accounts of patterns of social inequality
  • Examples to illustrate the relevance of sociology and social psychology to the study of social problems and issues e.g crime, poverty, health
  • Examples to illustrate the relevance of sociology and social psychology to the study of particular social groups e.g children and young people, women and ethnic minorities

 

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module students should be able to:

  • Identify the social psychological and sociological dimensions to selected social problems and issues
  • Recognise the value, uses and limitations of different approaches
  • Consider the influence and relevance of social and cultural context on individual behaviour in range of settings and situations
  • Develop an understanding of academic integrity skills and the ethical values in all activities related to learning, teaching and research

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Assessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
Essay 1
N/A 30
Essay/coursework
Essay 2
N/A 30
Essay/coursework
Essay 3
N/A 40

Special assessment rules

None

Reassessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
Essay 1
N/A 30
Essay/coursework
Essay 2
N/A 30
Essay/coursework
Essay 3
N/A 40

Module feedback

Students will receive regular feedback from tutors in seminars relating to their understanding of core concepts. Written feedback will be provided for all final assessment tasks.

Indicative reading

Bilton, T (2002) Introductory Sociology, Palgrave

Best, S (2003) A beginners guide to social theory, Sage

Aronson, E (2005) Social Psychology, Pearson



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