SC111-4-FY-CO:
The Sociological Imagination

The details
2019/20
Sociology
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 4
Current
Thursday 04 October 2018
Friday 28 June 2019
30
16 May 2019

 

Requisites for this module
(none)
(none)
(none)
(none)

 

SC201

Key module for

BA M900 Criminology,
BA M901 Criminology (Including Year Abroad),
BA M903 Criminology (Including Foundation Year),
BA M904 Criminology (Including Placement Year),
BA L3C8 Criminology with Social Psychology,
BA L3H8 Criminology with Social Psychology (Including Placement Year),
BA LHC8 Criminology with Social Psychology (Including Year Abroad),
BA LV31 History and Sociology,
BA LV32 History and Sociology (Including Placement Year),
BA LV38 History and Sociology (Including Foundation Year),
BA LV3C History and Sociology (Including Year Abroad),
BA LQ32 Literature and Sociology,
BA LQ33 Literature and Sociology (Including Placement Year),
BA LQ38 Literature and Sociology (Including Foundation Year),
BA QL23 Literature and Sociology (Including Year Abroad),
BA LP33 Communications and Digital Culture,
BA LP34 Communications and Digital Culture (Including Placement Year),
BA P300 Communications and Digital Culture (Including Foundation Year),
BA PL33 Communications and Digital Culture (Including Year Abroad),
BA LV35 Philosophy and Sociology,
BA LV36 Philosophy and Sociology (Including Placement Year),
BA LV83 Philosophy and Sociology (Including Foundation Year),
BA LV83JS Philosophy and Sociology (Including Foundation Year),
BA VL53 Philosophy and Sociology (Including Year Abroad),
BA VL58 Philosophy and Sociology (Including Foundation Year and Year Abroad),
BA VL58JS Philosophy and Sociology (Including Foundation Year and Year Abroad),
BA CL83 Sociology with Social Psychology,
BA CL93 Sociology with Social Psychology (Including Placement Year),
BA CLV3 Sociology with Social Psychology (Including Year Abroad),
BA L300 Sociology,
BA L301 Sociology (Including Year Abroad),
BA L304 Sociology (Including Foundation Year),
BA L306 Sociology (Including Placement Year),
BA LM38 Sociology and Criminology (Including Placement Year),
BA LM39 Sociology and Criminology,
BA LMH9 Sociology and Criminology (Including Year Abroad),
BA LMHX Sociology and Criminology (Including Foundation Year),
BA LMHXJS Sociology and Criminology (Including Foundation Year),
BA LL23 Sociology and Politics (Including Year Abroad),
BA LL24 Sociology and Politics (Including Placement Year),
BA LL32 Sociology and Politics,
BA L3J9 Sociology with Human Rights (Including Placement Year),
BA L3M9 Sociology with Human Rights,
BA LMJ9 Sociology with Human Rights (Including Year Abroad),
BA LCJ8 Sociology with Psychosocial Studies (Including Placement Year),
BA LJ8C Sociology with Psychosocial Studies (Including Year Abroad),
BA LJC8 Sociology with Psychosocial Studies,
BA P540 Journalism and Sociology,
BA P541 Journalism and Sociology (Including Placement Year),
BA P542 Journalism and Sociology (Including Year Abroad),
BSC L315 Sociology with Applied Quantitative Research Methods,
BSC L316 Sociology with Applied Quantitative Research Methods (Including Year Abroad),
BSC L317 Sociology with Applied Quantitative Research Methods (Including Placement Year),
BA L333 Criminology with Counselling Skills,
BA L334 Criminology with Counselling Skills (Including Year Abroad),
BA L335 Criminology with Counselling Skills (Including Placement Year),
BA L330 Sociology with Counselling Skills (Including Placement Year),
BA L331 Sociology with Counselling Skills (Including Year Abroad),
BA L332 Sociology with Counselling Skills,
BSC L310 Sociology with Data Science,
BSC L311 Sociology with Data Science (including Year Abroad),
BSC L312 Sociology with Data Science (including Placement Year),
BSC L313 Sociology with Data Science (including foundation Year)

Module description

Sociology is the critical study of society and SC111, The Sociological Imagination, offers an introduction to sociological analysis and argument about key features of society. The module is organised around substantive topics of current interest and importance, such as stratification, migration, religious beliefs, and the activities of multinational corporations. The module provides a foundation for our second and third year modules where many of these areas and the sociological thinking about them are explored more fully. SC111 also incorporates additional teaching on writing and academic skills, including essay writing, citation, referencing, and the use of the internet as a research tool.

Module aims

The module aims: to introduce you to the systematic examination of empirical data about British society and other societies across the world, including some of the major changes that are occurring and their implications to show you how sociological concepts and theories can help you to understand and explain empirical data.

Module learning outcomes

The module examines some key aspects of present-day society and social changes and considers how sociology can provide us with tools (concepts and theories) to assist us in understanding them. In the process, students will, we hope, develop their own sociological imagination and understanding of some of the challenges and struggles of contemporary societies. By the end of the module, we will have: • Examined some important features of present-day society • Acquired an understanding of key sociological concepts • Explored how sociological concepts and theories can assist in understanding these features • Started to develop a sociological imagination • Learned the importance of backing up arguments with evidence • Learned how to research available data on a topic • Improved your writing and study skills

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

There is one lecture and one small group class per week for the Sociology component of the module. Students are expected to do reading in advance for each class, and to experience more in-depth learning through their assignments. For the first four teaching weeks of the Autumn term there will be a separate lecture on writing and academic skills, and for the first fourteen teaching weeks (that is all the Autumn term and the first four weeks of Spring term) there will be a class adjacent to the Sociology class focusing on these skills.

Bibliography*

  • Eduardo Bonilla-Silva. (2001) White supremacy and racism in the post-civil rights era, Boulder, Colo: L. Rienner.
  • Abercrombie, Nicholas; Hill, Stephen; Turner, Bryan S. (2006) The Penguin dictionary of sociology, London: Penguin.
  • Lynne Pettinger. (2016) Work, consumption and capitalism, London: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Bryan S. Turner. (2006) The Cambridge dictionary of sociology, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Free to stitch, or starve: capitalism and unfreedom in the global garment industry | openDemocracy, https://www.opendemocracy.net/beyondslavery/alessandra-mezzadri/free-to-stitch-or-starve-capitalism-and-unfreedom-in-global-garmen
  • Lisa McKenzie. (2015) Getting by: estates, class and culture in austerity Britain, Bristol: Policy Press.
  • Fulcher, James; Scott, John. (c2011) Sociology, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Giddens, Anthony; Sutton, Philip W. (2017) Sociology, Cambridge: Polity Press.
  • Eduardo Bonilla-Silva. (2018) Racism without racists: color-blind racism and the persistence of racial inequality in America, Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield.
  • (2017) Unmaking the global sweatshop: health and safety of the world's garment workers, Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press. vol. Pennsylvania studies in human rights
  • Brannen, Julia; Elliott, Heather; Phoenix, Ann. (2016-08-08) 'Narratives of success among Irish and African Caribbean migrants', in Ethnic and Racial Studies. vol. 39 (10) , pp.1755-1772
  • Anthony Giddens; Philip W. Sutton. (2017) Essential concepts in sociology, Cambridge: Polity.
  • John Scott. (2006) Sociology: the key concepts, New York: Routledge.
  • Kenneth Plummer. (2016) Sociology: the basics, London: Routledge. vol. The basics
  • Global Migration Trends Factsheet, http://gmdac.iom.int/global-migration-trends-factsheet
  • Miriam Glucksmann. (2009) Women on the line, New York, NY: Routledge.
  • Ian Craib. (1992) Modern social theory: from Parsons to Habermas, London: Harvester Wheatsheaf.
  • Mike Davis. (2006) Planet of slums, London: Verso.
  • Jenny Gunnarsson Payne. (2019) Transnationalising reproduction: third party conception in a globalised world, Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.
  • Michael Mann. (1986-2013) The sources of social power, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Mike Savage et al. (2013) 'A New Model of Social Class? Findings from the BBC's Great British Class Survey Experiment', in Sociology. vol. 47 (2) , pp.219-250
  • (2014) A dictionary of sociology, Oxford: Oxford University Press. vol. Oxford paperback reference
  • Yudell, M.; Roberts, D.; DeSalle, R.; Tishkoff, S. (2016-02-05) 'Taking race out of human genetics', in Science. vol. 351 (6273) , pp.564-565
  • Watson, Vanessa. (2014-04) 'African urban fantasies: dreams or nightmares?', in Environment and Urbanization. vol. 26 (1) , pp.215-231
  • Johanna Hanefeld. (2015) Globalization and health, Maidenhead: McGraw Hill Education. vol. Understanding public health
  • Charles Wright Mills. (2000) The sociological imagination, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Morris, Jonathan. (2013) 'Why espresso? Explaining changes in European coffee preferences from a production of culture perspective', in European Review of History: Revue européenne d'histoire. vol. 20 (5) , pp.881-901
  • Miriam Glucksmann. (2006) 'Division of labour', in Sociology: the key concepts, New York: Routledge., pp.59-63

The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.
Assessment items, weightings and deadlines
Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework Formative Assignment 1 0%
Coursework Formative Assignment 2 0%
Coursework Essay Plan 10%
Coursework Essay 1 20%
Coursework Sociological Journal Proposal 10%
Coursework Essay 2 30%
Exam 180 minutes during Summer (Main Period) (Main)
Overall assessment
Coursework:
50%
Exam:
50%
Reassessment
Coursework:
0%
Exam:
0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Professor Joan Busfield
Cydney Barrows, Student Administrative Assistant , Telephone: 01206 873052 E-mail: socugrad@essex.ac.uk

 

Availability
Yes
Yes
Yes

External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Resources
Available via Moodle
Of 501 hours, 440 (87.8%) hours available to students:
19 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
42 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).

 

Further information
Sociology

* Please note: due to differing publication schedules, items marked with an asterisk (*) base their information upon the previous academic year.

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