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Unit information: Thinking Sociologically in 2020/21

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Unit name Thinking Sociologically
Unit code SOCI10004
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Professor. Marshall
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Description including Unit Aims

This unit will introduce students to what it means to view the world from a sociological perspective. Through a series of contemporary case studies, the unit will discuss the relationship between sociology and the modern world. It will provide an overview of sociology's central debates (culture and nature, individual and society) and discuss its more recent developments (such as postmodernism and the cultural turn). The aim of the unit is to encourage the development of students' own 'sociological imagination'.


  • To introduce students to the discipline of Sociology
  • To discuss what makes sociological knowledge distinctive
  • To familiarise students with key debates within the discipline
  • To develop students’ capacity for sociological analysis

Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the unit, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate awareness of the historical emergence of sociology (1)
  • Contrast sociological work with other forms of discourse (2)
  • Critically engage with sociological writing (3)

Teaching Information

The unit will be taught through blended learning methods, including a mix of synchronous and asynchronous teaching activities

Assessment Information

1500 word essay for formative development:

Summative assessment: 2000 word essay (assessing LOs 1, 2 and 3)

Reading and References

  • Z Bauman and T May, 2001, Thinking Sociologically, Oxford: Blackwell.
  • R Jenkins, 2002, Foundations of Sociology, Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan.
  • N Abercrombie, 2004, Sociology, Cambridge: Polity.