NS5401: Sociology in the Real World

NS5401: Sociology in the Real World

Please note this module descriptor is indicative of the structure of this course and may be subject to change.

Module Title Sociology in the Real World
Module Code NS5401
Module Tutor Demelza Jones
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.

They will explore sociology as a public discipline that can be used in the service of the local community and in organisations outside academia. The module includes guest speakers from the local community and work conducted in partnership with outside organisations to develop a project based on their needs and priorities. Students will also reflect upon the relationship between their subject, their communities, their employability and career goals.

Indicative Syllabus
  • Key social theorists and their application to contemporary real world issues, including social exclusion and inequalities
  • The role of sociology in contemporary society and beyond the walls of academia
  • Public sociology, community engagement and participatory action research (in preparation for project work)
  • Applying sociological insights and skills beyond academia to practically engage with ‘real world’ issues
  • Sociology and employability/career planning
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 sociology can function as a public discipline which offers value outside of academia.


3. Apply sociological knowledge to the planning and conduct of work with outside organisations.


4. Evaluate their own career plans and reflect on how to develop relevant skills and experience.

Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 54
Independent Learning Hours: 246
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 40% Assignment: Individual: 2000 words
002: 60% Portfolio: 4000 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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