Work-Based Learning: Sociology

The details
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 6
Thursday 07 October 2021
Friday 01 July 2022
08 October 2021


Requisites for this module
SC340, SC830, SC831, SC832



Key module for


Module description

This module is aimed at expanding student knowledge of sociological concepts and theories through practical experience. The module will equip students with hands-on experience in work related to the discipline of sociology as well as some of the knowledge and skills necessary for understanding the key ethical, theoretical, and policy concerns guiding their experiences.

The module will also be aimed at increasing the employability of students by developing and enhancing their skills of oral and written communication for specific audiences (including an oral presentation), increasing their professionalism, teaching them about confidentiality, and developing their problem solving skills in a day-to-day working environment.

Module aims

The aim of this module is to provide students with a work-based learning opportunity which they can connect to the sociological themes and theories that they have learned over the course of their degree. The course will also provide them with an opportunity for professional development and the ability to link theory to practice.

Module learning outcomes

1. Students will be able to recognise professional opportunities in fields related to sociology.
2. Students will be able to identify the professional skill sets necessary to obtaining a position related to the field of sociology.
3. Students will be able to demonstrate an ability to identify the ethical dilemmas associated with the field.
4. Students will be able to synthesize sociological theories with their work based learning experience.

Module information

Autumn Term
Topic 1 - week 2: Introduction to the module
Topic 2 - week 3: Professional conduct and ethics
Topic 3 - week 4: Presentation and communication skills
Topic 4 - week 5: An introduction to organisational sociology
Topic 5 - week 6: Individual meetings with module supervisor
Topic 6 - week 7: Individual meetings with module supervisor
Topic 7 - week 8: Individual meetings with module supervisor
Topic 8 - week 9: Individual meetings with module supervisor
Topic 9 - week 10: Presentations
Topic 10 - week 11: Independent work on portfolios and logs

Spring Term
Topic 11 - week 16: An introduction to professions in local government
Topic 12 - week 17: Individual meetings with module supervisor
Topic 13 - week 18: An introduction to professions in the criminal justice system
Topic 14 - week 19: An introduction to education work
Reading Week Week 20: Finish reading Poverty Safari
Topic 15 - week 21: Non-profit
Topic 16 - week 22: Discussion of Poverty Safari
Topic 17 - week 23: Individual meetings with module supervisor
Topic 18 - week 24: Empirical knowledge and its practical application
Topic 19 - week 25: Work on final essay

Summer Term
Week 31: Essay due

Learning and teaching methods

As there are still restrictions related to COVID-19 in place, some of the teaching on most modules will take place online. Most modules in Sociology are divided into lectures of around 50 minutes and a class of around 50 minutes. Some are taught as a 2hr seminar, and others via a 50-minute lecture and 2-hr lab. For the majority of modules the lecture-type content will be delivered online – either timetabled as a live online session or available on Moodle in the form of pre-recorded videos. You will be expected to watch this material and engage with any suggested activities before your class each week. Most classes labs and seminars will be taught face-to-face (assuming social distancing allows this). This module SC360-6-FY will include a range of activities to help you and your teacher to check your understanding and progress. These are: bi-weekly logs, class discussions, and individual supervisions. The lectures provide an overview of the substantive debates around the topic of the week, while the classes will give you the opportunity to reflect on your learning and actively engage with your peers to develop your understanding further. The weekly classes will take place face-to-face (unless there is a change in the current COVID safety measures). You are strongly encouraged to attend the classes as they provide an opportunity to talk with your class teacher and other students. The classes will be captured and available via Listen Again. However, if you want to gain the most you can from these classes it is very important that you attend and engage. Please note that the recording of classes is at the discretion of the teacher Please note that you should be spending up to eight hours per week undertaking your own private study (reading, preparing for classes or assignments, etc.) on each of your modules (e.g. 32 hours in total for four 30-credit modules). There will be 16 hours of classes across the twenty week period (Autumn and Spring Terms). We will be utilizing a blended learning approach that will include The students will also have three mandatory meetings across the lifespan of the module (two in the Autumn term and one in the Spring term) with the Module Leader. These will be used to create, monitor, and informally evaluate their personal development plans and progress in the module. Contact hours and other sessions will be arranged for students to discuss the opportunities/challenges arising in a work-based learning environment, and for formative feedback on the portfolio.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Presentation    20% 
Coursework   Bi Weekly Log week 3  22/10/2021  2.5% 
Coursework   Bi Weekly Log week 5  05/11/2021  2.5% 
Coursework   Bi Weekly Log week 7  19/11/2021  2.5% 
Coursework   Bi Weekly Log week 9  03/12/2021  2.5% 
Coursework   Bi Weekly Log week 11  17/12/2021  2.5% 
Coursework   Bi Weekly Log week 17  28/01/2022  2.5% 
Coursework   Bi Weekly Log week 19  11/02/2022  2.5% 
Coursework   Bi Weekly Log week 21   25/02/2022  2.5% 
Coursework   Bi Weekly Log week 23  11/03/2022  2.5% 
Coursework   Bi weekly Log week 25  25/03/2022  2.5% 
Coursework   Portfolio  25/03/2022  15% 
Coursework   Essay   06/05/2022  40% 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
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Coursework Exam
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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Alexandra Cox, email:
Dr Alexandra Cox
Jane Harper, Student Administrator, Telephone: 01206 873052 E-mail:


Travel costs for UK - based unpaid, approved work placements and live projects which are an integral part of a module may be covered by your department. (NB this will usually exclude field trips and site visits). Please check with your module supervisor to ensure that the activity is eligible.

External examiner

Dr Aneira Edmunds
School of Law, Politics & Sociology
Senior Lecturer
Available via Moodle
Of 10 hours, 10 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


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