NS5401: Sociology in the Real World

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NS5401: Sociology in the Real World

Module Title Sociology in the Real World
Module Code NS5401
Module Tutor Hazel Roberts
School School of Natural and Social Sciences
CAT Points 30
Level of Study 5
Brief Description

The module aims to provide students with a sociological appreciation of how their subject can be applied to the ‘real world’ in a range of relevant contexts. Students will gain in-class and practical experience of applying relevant theory to real life problems and issues. The module also considers the roles that sociologists can play in academic and other environments. Students will also reflect upon the relationship between their subject, their communities, their employability and career goals. This module will draw on a range of guest speakers and visits to ‘real world’ organisations and locations. .

Indicative Syllabus

Application of Sociological theory to issues of inequality and social exclusion and to the work of community organisations Historical and present-day changes in patterns of work, including the impact of globalisation The role played by volunteering and citizenship in contemporary UK society and the limits of these The ways in which Sociology can be used to solve ‘real world’ issues in academic and other contexts.

Learning Outcomes

A student passing this module should be able to:

1. Examine the role that Sociological theory plays in understanding ‘real world’ issues
2. Evaluate the ways in which intersectional issues such as class, gender, ethnicity and disability influence patterns of inequality
3. Apply Sociological theory to their own experiences of work and/or volunteering
4. Examine the roles that Sociologists can play in their own community/ies
5. Evaluate their career plan and reflect on how to develop relevant skills

Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 54
Independent Learning Hours: 246
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 40% Written Exam: End of module, seen, closed book: 1.50 hours
002: 20% Coursework: Individual, presentation: 10 minutes
003: 40% Coursework: Individual, standard written: 2500 words or equivalent
Special Assessment Requirements None
Indicative Resources The current reading list can be found in the Module Guide, which your lecturer should make available via Moodle.

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