SC4005: Social and Cultural Needs


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SC4005: Social and Cultural Needs

Module Title Social and Cultural Needs
Module Code SC4005
Module Tutor Mark Wagstaff
School School of Health and Social Care
CAT Points 15
Level of Study 4
Brief Description

During this module the student will explore a wide range of social and cultural needs by focussing on the concept of socialisation. They will use their own life as a starting point and thereby build on their own experiences to grasp new concepts. Having established an understanding of the theories by such personal application the students will move on to relate these concepts to case studies within their own work place setting, this should provide a vivid and powerful learning experience rooted in personal development and professional practice.

Indicative Syllabus

The syllabus for this module will include the following elements:

  • The sociological concept of socialisation including definitions of institutions, culture and society as well as positive and negative view points.
  • The idea of role and how it relates to socialisation, self-identity and practice.
  • Meta and micro sociological perspectives including Symbolic Interactionism, Functionalism, Conflict Theory and Post Modernism.
  • An exploration of division and conflict within society through concept like racism, sexism, discrimination and labelling.
  • Exploring the relevance of socialisation and sociology on practice at different levels of engagement including; politics, social justice, community development group work and work with families.
Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module students should be able to demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the concept of socialisation and social need by applying the following theoretical principles to their own life and the experience of those with whom they work:

  1. Develop an understanding of the levels of socialisation operating in different cultures within society and at different stages of the human life span.
  2. Understand the relationship between the concept of role and       views of socialisation from different sociological stand points
  3. Demonstrate a clear understanding of how socialisation relates to the idea of division within society by examining such concepts as; stereotyping, prejudice, discrimination, labelling and stigma including safeguarding.
  4. To understand the influence of wider political perspectives on socialisation by exploring such issues as class, gender, inequality, poverty and race in relation to social and cultural needs
Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 36
Independent Learning Hours: 114
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 100% Coursework: Individual, standard written: Case Study 2000 words
Special Assessment Requirements
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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