Module details for Contemporary Social Issues

Description

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

Aims

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

For session 2020/21 the expectation is that the teaching and learning hours stated in this descriptor will form a mix of synchronous and asynchronous student/staff activity, with the majority of this being online. The exact pattern of this activity is likely to vary from the standard face-to-face hours listed below but the overall student effort remains the same. Up-to-date information on the delivery of the module can be found on the relevant module MLS site and on your student timetable.

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.


Disclaimer

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 2020/21 , and may be subject to change for future years.