Introduction to sociology (A)

This course is not offered for study in the current academic year.

Course description

This course introduces students to the nature of sociological enquiry and the basic concepts used in sociological analysis. After some reference to the influence of inheritance and environment on human social behaviour, the course will focus on key concepts used in the analysis of cultures, social structures, social processes and social change. Topics include social class, education, media, culture and crime. The relationship between research, concepts and contemporary theory will be explored at an introductory level. Assessment: 50% coursework, 50% examination.

Course learning outcomes

  1. Demonstrate a basic understanding of sociology.
  2. Identify the key sociological questions.
  3. Apply sociological concepts in everyday lives and social issues.
  4. Develop critical thinking in understanding society.



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