Module details for Contemporary Social Issues


A sociological examination of key contemporary social issues, challenges and problems.


The aims of this module are to provide students with an introduction to major concepts, themes and perspectives relevant to the study of sociology and how these can be applied to understanding contemporary processes, issues, challenges.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Describe key contemporary social processes, problems and issues.

2.  Illustrate social processes, problems and issues by drawing upon sociological concepts, media reports and appropriate personal reflection.

3.  Understand what sociological perspectives can contribute to an understanding of social processes, issues and problems.

4.  Discuss the role of structures, institutions and relations of power in shaping social life.

5.  Identify the role of human agency and interaction in shaping the conduct of social life.

Indicative Content

1 Social Inequality and Social Division

Social class and social mobility; race, ethnicity and multiculturalism; gender and identity

2 Globalization and Globality

Media and culture; identity, nation-states and globalization; terrorism and political conflict

3 Social Life and Everyday Life

The life-course; families and family life; interactionism; education

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Teaching and Learning Method Hours
Lecture 12
Tutorial/Seminar 12
Practical Activity 84
Assessment 46
Independent 46
Total 200

Guidance notes

SCQF Level - The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework provides an indication of the complexity of award qualifications and associated learning and operates on an ascending numeric scale from Levels 1-12 with SCQF Level 10 equating to a Scottish undergraduate Honours degree.

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2021/22 , and may be subject to change for future years.