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Unit information: Thinking Sociologically in 2023/24

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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 Dr. Sealy
Open unit status Not open
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School/department School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Unit Information

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

Your learning on this unit

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)

How you will learn

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

How you will be assessed

1500 word essay for formative development:

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


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How much time the unit requires
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