Modiwl SXU-1003:
Understanding Society

Ffeithiau’r Modiwl

Rhedir gan School of History, Philosophy and Social Sciences

20 Credyd neu 10 Credyd ECTS

Semester 1

Trefnydd: Dr Corinna Patterson

Amcanion cyffredinol

This module introduces students to sociology and provides a foundation for further study in the subject. It begins with a general overview of the ways in which sociologists have made sense of the world we live in and how they construct theories to explain the patterns and regularities of social life. It examines the nature of 'society' and processes of historical change and it explores the origins and development of social institutions such as the family, education, work and religion.

The module aims: 1. To introduce students of varying backgrounds to the 'sociological imagination', focusing on key theories, concepts and topics in sociology. 2. To consider the nature and definition of 'society', and the types of social classification and social groupings of which it is made up, including social class, gender and race. 3. To examine the causes and consequences of social change, including urbanization, modernization, and globalization. 4. To investigate the origins and development of social institutions such as the educational system and the nation state. 5. To discuss the nature and role of culture in social life and in relation to social behaviour and social identity. 6. To explore the processes of social interaction and collective behaviours between people in terms of socialization and collective actions associated with social movements.

Cynnwys cwrs

This module introduces students to Sociology. The module runs over Semester One, giving students a comprehensive sociological foundation to some of the key sociological issues and debates.

The module introduces following aspects of social sciences:

Semester 1  The nature of social sciences and relations between key disciplines and methods  Interaction and communication  Life course and the family  Gender and socialization  Culture and media  Social stratification, education and work  Organizations and institutions (the politics of welfare)  Globalization  The environment and urbanization  Political sociology and social movements.

Meini Prawf

trothwy

Show a basic understanding of sociological perspectives on society, social institutions, culture, identity and social interaction, using directed sources.

da

Substantial understanding of sociological perspectives on society, social institutions, culture, identity and social interaction, using a range of sources

ardderchog

Exceptional understanding of sociological perspectives on society. Social institutions, culture, identity and social interaction, using a range of sources

Canlyniad dysgu

  1. Identify and apply key theories and concepts in Sociology.

  2. Understand the origins and development of social institutions in contemporary society.

  3. Demonstrate an understanding of social continuities, change and diversity.

  4. Discuss ways in which social life is ordered and shaped in the context of culture, social identities and social interaction.

Dulliau asesu

Math Enw Disgrifiad Pwysau
TRAETHAWD 1,500 Word Essay s1

Students will be required to write a 1,500 word essay

50
ARHOLIAD 2 hour Exam S2

Students will be required to sit a two hour closed exam and asked to answer two exam questions.

50

Strategaeth addysgu a dysgu

Oriau
Lecture

1 Weekly 2 hour lecture over Semester One ( 2 hours x 12 weeks) and 1 weekly seminar over Semester One
(1 hour x 12 weeks)

24
Seminar

One weekly one hour seminar over Semester One (1 semester x 12 weeks).

12
Private study 164

Sgiliau Trosglwyddadwy

  • Llythrennedd - Medrusrwydd mewn darllen ac ysgrifennu drwy amrywiaeth o gyfryngau
  • Rhifedd - Medrusrwydd wrth ddefnyddio rhifau ar lefelau priodol o gywirdeb
  • Defnyddio cyfrifiaduron - Medrusrwydd wrth ddefnyddio ystod o feddalwedd cyfrifiadurol
  • Hunanreolaeth - Gallu gweithio mewn ffordd effeithlon, prydlon a threfnus. Gallu edrych ar ganlyniadau tasgau a digwyddiadau, a barnu lefelau o ansawdd a phwysigrwydd
  • Archwilio - Gallu ymchwilio ac ystyried dewisiadau eraill
  • Adalw gwybodaeth - Gallu mynd at wahanol ac amrywiol ffynonellau gwybodaeth
  • Sgiliau Rhyngbersonol - Gallu gofyn cwestiynau, gwrando'n astud ar atebion a'u harchwilio
  • Dadansoddi Beirniadol & Datrys Problem - Gallu dadelfennu a dadansoddi problemau neu sefyllfaoedd cymhleth. Gallu canfod atebion i broblemau drwy ddadansoddiadau ac archwilio posibiliadau
  • Ymwybyddiaeth o ddiogelwch - Bod yn ymwybodol o'ch amgylchedd a hyder o ran cadw at reoliadau iechyd a diogelwch
  • Cyflwyniad - Gallu cyflwyno gwybodaeth ac esboniadau yn glir i gynulleidfa. Trwy gyfryngau ysgrifenedig neu ar lafar yn glir a hyderus.
  • Gwaith Tîm - Gallu cydweithio'n adeiladol ag eraill ar dasg gyffredin, ac/neu fod yn rhan o dîm gweithio o ddydd i ddydd
  • Mentora - Gallu cefnogi, helpu, arwain, ysbrydoli ac/neu hyfforddi eraill
  • Gofalu - Dangos consyrn am eraill; gofalu am blant, pobl ag anableddau ac/neu'r henoed
  • Rheloaeth - Gallu defnyddio, cydlynu a rheoli adnoddau (dynol, ffisegol ac/neu ariannol)
  • Dadl - Gallu cyflwyno, trafod a chyfiawnhau barn neu lwybr gweithredu, naill ai gydag unigolyn neu mewn grwˆp ehangach
  • Hunanymwybyddiaeth & Ystyried - Bod yn ymwybodol o'ch cryfderau, gwendidau, nodau ac amcanion eich hun. Gallu adolygu ,cloriannu a myfyrio'n rheolaidd ar eich perfformiad eich hun ac eraill.
  • Arweinyddiaeth - Gallu arwain a rheoli, datblygu cynlluniau gweithredu ac amcanion, cynnig arweiniad a chyfarwyddyd i eraill, ac ymdopi â'r pwysau sy'n gysylltiedig ag awdurdod o'r fath

Sgiliau pwnc penodol

  • Critically evaluate the mixed economy of welfare and the interrelationships between health and social care and between the agencies, practitioners and individuals involved in their provision;
  • Capacity to identify and describe the causes and consequences of social order and change in specific contexts.
  • Ability to formulate and investigate sociologically informed questions.
  • Appreciate a range of research designs and strategies and how they may be applied to sociological investigations.
  • Be able to recognize how social data and sociological knowledge apply to questions of public policy.
  • Use the theories and concepts of social policy and other social sciences to analyse policy problems and issues
  • The ability to identify criminological problems, formulate questions and investigate them
  • the ability to formulate and investigate sociologically informed questions
  • competence in using major theoretical perspectives and concepts in sociology, and their application to social life
  • the capacity to analyse, assess and communicate empirical sociological information
  • the ability to conduct sociological research
  • the ability to understand the ethical implications of sociological enquiry
  • the ability to recognise the relevance of sociological knowledge to social, public and civic policy.

Adnoddau

Goblygiadau o ran adnoddau ar gyfer myfyrwyr

none

Rhestr ddarllen

Course Textbook:

Giddens, A. Sutton, P.W. (2017) Sociology (8th Edition). Cambridge: Polity Press.

Additional Suggested Reading:

Allen, G. (1999) The Sociology of the Family. Oxford: Blackwell.

Allen, G. & Crow, G. (2001) Families, Households and Society. Basingstoke: Palgrave.

Allen, J. & Hamnett, C. (1995) A Shrinking World? Global Unevenness and Inequality. Oxford: Oxford University.

Bauman, Z. (1998) Globalization: The Human Consequences. Cambridge: Polity Press.

Bauman, Z. & May, T. (2001) Thinking Sociologically (2nd Edition). Oxford: Blackwell.

Bennet, Tony. (2010) Bordieu: Distinction. A Social Critique of the Judgement of Taste. London: Routledge.

Wendy Bottero (2004) Class Identities and the Identity of Class. London: Sage.

Beuchler, Steven M. (2000) Social Movements in Advanced Capitalism. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Coffey, A. (2001) Education and Social Change. Buckingham: Open University Press.

Charles, N. (2002) Gender in Modern Britain. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Oxford

Cohen, Robin and KJennedy, Paul (2007) Global Sociology. Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillain.

Crompton, R. (1997) Women & Work in Modern Britain. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Delamont, S. (2001) Changing Women, Unchanged Men? Sociological Perspectives on Gender in a Post-industrial Society. Buckingham: Open University Press.

Falk, P. (1994) The Consuming Body. London: Sage. Fine, Cornelia (2011) Delusions of Gender: How Our Minds, Society, and Neurosexism Create Difference. London: W. W. Norton and Company. Fulcher, Scott (2013) Sociology 4th edition, Oxford: Oxford University Press

Giddens, A. Sutton, P.W. (2017) Essential Concepts in Sociology (2ndh Edition). Cambridge: Polity Press.

Giddens, A. (1991) Modernity and Self Identity. Cambridge: Polity Press.

Goffman, E. (1959) The Presentation of self in Everyday Life. New York: Doubleday.

Hughes, J., Martin, P., Sharrock, W. (1995) Understanding Classical Sociology. London: Sage.

Irwin, Alan (2001) Sociology and the Environment: A Critical Introduction to Society, Nature and Knowledge. Cambridge: Polity Press.

Lury, Ceilia (2011) Consumer Culture (2nd Edition). Cambridge: Polity Press

MacGillivaray, Alex (2006) A Brief History of Globalization. London: Robinsons.

Macoionis, John J. and Plummer, Ken. (2012) Sociology: A Global Introduction (5th Edition). Harlow: Pearsons.

Mayer, David S., Whittier, Nancy and Robnett, Belinda (2002) Social Movements: Identity Culture and the State. Oxford: Oxford University Press

Jenkins, R. (1996) Social Identity. London: Routledge.

Layder, D. (2006) Understanding Social Theory. London: Sage.

Putnam, Robert D. (2016) Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis. New York, Simon & Schuster

Putnam, Robert, D. (2001) Bowling Alone: New York, Simon & Schuster

Ritzer, George (2000) The McDonaldization of Society. London: Pine Forge Press.

Ritzer, George (2007) The Globalization of Nothing. London: Pine Forge Press.

Ritzer G. (2015) Introduction to Sociology 2nd Edition, London: SAGE Publications Additional materials for that book are available on: http://edge.sagepub.com/ritzerintro2e

Skeggs, B. (1997) Formations of Class and Identity. London: Sage.

Stoetzler, Marcel (2017) Beginning Classical Social Theory. Manchester: Manchester University Press

Stones, R. (Ed) (2007) Key Sociological Thinkers (2nd Edition).

Taylor, S. (Ed) (1999) Sociology – Issues and Debates. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Taylor, G. & Spencer, S. (2004) Social Identities. London: Routledge.

Wright Mills, C. (1999) The Sociological Imagination. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

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