Introduction to United States Sociology

The details
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 4
Sunday 17 January 2021
Friday 26 March 2021
07 October 2020


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BA T700 American Studies (United States),
BA T702 American Studies (United States) (UK Study),
BA T708 American Studies (United States) (Including Year Abroad),
BA T710 American Studies (United States) (Including Foundation Year and Year Abroad),
BA T712 American Studies (United States) (UK Study) (Including Placement Year),
BA T770 American Studies (United States) (including Placement Year),
BA MT26 Criminology and American Studies (UK Study),
BA MT27 Criminology and American Studies (Including Year Abroad),
BA MT28 Criminology and American Studies (Including Foundation Year and Year Abroad),
BA MT2R Criminology and American Studies,
BA MT3R Criminology and American Studies (Including Placement Year),
BA MT62 Criminology and American Studies (UK Study) (Including Placement Year)

Module description

This module explores some important and exciting interpretations of American society. We will focus on particular writers that have located their studies in place, often by using travel as a method of discovering hidden layers of meaning in the landscape and the cities.

Module aims

Our appreciation of American society will attempt to understand both the ‘big picture’ and studies of small social worlds. The module will explore America by looking at democracy, race, crime, gender relations, cities, ecology and gangs. We will cover one key sociologist each week. By the end of the term, the student will have a broad appreciation of a variety of understandings of American society and the relevance of sociological writing and thinking to them.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students will have a broad appreciation of a variety of understandings of American society and the relevance of sociological thinking to them.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

1 hour lecture + 1 hour class per week


This module does not appear to have any essential texts. To see non-essential items, please refer to the module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Essay 1   03/03/2021  50% 
Coursework   Essay 2  28/04/2021  50% 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Carlos Gigoux Gramegna, email:
Dr Carlos Gigoux Gramegna & GTAs
email: socugrad (Non essex users should add to create the full email address



External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
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Of 1360 hours, 21 (1.5%) hours available to students:
1339 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


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