SHE Level 2
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M2L324379
Module Leader Rachel Russell
School Glasgow School for Business and Society
Subject Sociology
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)
  • C (May start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Normally, successful completion of level 1 Sociology or equivalent

Summary of Content

The module critically considers the relationship between culture, society and the individual with a particular emphasis upon the importance of culture to our understanding of the world. The module attempts to explore what is meant by culture and how culture impacts upon our thoughts and actions. In order to explore these issues, the content of the module is divided into 4 related blocks: Cultural Identities; Globalisation and the Information Society; Sport and Society and Work in the 21 st Century. -567-766 T Summary of how PRME-related issues / topics are covered in this module: Key module themes are: -360b7 Culture and inequality b7 The nature of culture and communication b7 Globalisation, corporate social responsibility and exploitation b7 The relationship between sport, media and the economy b7 Social and economic relations in contemporary capitalism


Introduction to module Block 1. Cultural Identities Sociology of Culture: What is Culture Seminar 1 - Introduction to poster presentation : Theorising Culture Methodology and Culture Seminar 2 - What is Culture? Researching Culture Block 2. Globalisation and Sociology Seminar 2 - Culture and Identity Poster Presentations Migration, Globalisation, Trade and Conflict Exercise - Citizenship Varieties of Connection and Communication . Seminar 3 - The Citizenship Test Identity and Threat Summary Seminar 4 - Globalisation Poster Presentations Refresh Block 3: Sport and Society -567 Sport and Society 1 Sport and Society 2 Seminar 1 - Culture Exercise: Valentines Day and the Commodification of Love Violence in sport: Cultivating 'Hooliganism' Sport, Media and Economy Block 4: Work and Society in the 21 st Century. Socio-economic environments & working patterns 1 Seminar 2 - Sport Poster Presentations Socio-economic environments & working patterns 1 Exercise - What is work? The gendered nature of work Seminar 3 - What is Work? The Future of work Summary and Revision. Seminar 4 - Work Poster Presentations

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, the student should be able to demonstrate: - a critical awareness of the sociological significance of key cultural identities and an understanding of their sources;- the ability to assess and discuss the strengths and weaknesses of competing theories about culture and society in a local, national and global context;- the ability to create and present coherent, logical arguments in a variety of formats.- a reflexive awareness of student's own and other cultures- the ability to reflect upon their own roles as both consumers and producers in the course of their everyday lives.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Learning and teaching will be carried out through lectures, seminars and guided interaction with multimedia representations. Assessed group presentation posters will be used as a basis for discussion and debate within seminars. GCU Learn will be used to structure the module to enable students to negotiate their way through module material at their own pace and to facilitate sustained engagement with module themes. -766 The module places emphasis on reading in relation to directed and independent learning for seminar preparation and for assessment. Lectures will be interactive and will be complemented by seminars that provide the opportunity for structured discussion and follow an indicative reading programme where students will be expected to engage in assessed group work and individual scholarship. There are three assessments: 1. Group poster presentation - formative assessment (35%) designed to develop skills associated with group work and impression management 2. Individual reflexive report - formative assessment (15%) designed to encourage reflection on the i) process of group poster production ii) module learning outcomes. 3. Examination - summative assessment. an unseen 2 hour exam during the university assessment period. The module is organised into four thematic blocks: -360b7 Cultural Identities -360b7 Globalisation and the Information Society b7 Sport and Society b7 Work and Society in the 21 st Century. submission. GCULearn plays a vital part in the GSBS learning and teaching strategy as a blended learning tool. The School will ensure that all modules are not only GCULearn-enabled, but also at the cutting edge in developing online learning materials. Academic staff and the Learning Technologists will continue to work together to develop and operate all modules on GCULearn, ensuring effective student support and information sharing. Students are provided with formative and summative feedback via a variety of mechanisms. Feedback on coursework is normally provided within 3 working weeks of submission.

Indicative Reading

Abbinnett, R. (2003) Culture and Identity , London: Sage. Bauman, Z (1998), Globalization. The Human Consequences , Cambridge: Polity Press. Bauman, Z (2007) Consuming Life , Cambridge: Polity Press. Bender, S (2000) Selling the Work Ethic: From Puritan Pulpit to Corporate PR , London: Zed Books; Australia: Scribe Publications. Bennett, A. (2005) Culture & Everyday Life . London: Sage. Bennett, J (2008), Where Underpants Come From. From Checkout to Cotton Field - Travels Through the New China , London: Simon & Schuster Berebitsky, Julie (2012) Sex and the Office. A History of Gender, Power and Desire , New Haven & London: Yale University Press. Boyle, R. (2000) Power Play: Sport, Media, Popular Culture , London: Longman. Boyle, R and Haynes, R. (2004) Football in the New Media Age , London: Routledge Bunting, M (2004) Willing Slaves: How the Overwork Culture is Ruling our Lives , London: Harper Collins. Castells, Manuel The Information Age: Economy, Society and Culture , Oxford: Blackwell Publishing. 3 volumes, I (2000) The Rise of the Network Society; II (2nd ed. 2004[1997]) The Power of Identity; III (1999) End of Millennium. Coakley, J. (2002) Hand Book of Sports Studies, London: Sage. Craig, P. & Beedie, P. (eds.) (2008) Sport Sociology , Exeter: Learning Matters Crawford, G. (2004) Consuming Sport, London: Routledge. Crompton, R (1997) Women and Work in Modern Britain , Oxford: Oxford University Press. Desfor Edlers, L. (2002) Cultural Sociology in Practice . Oxford: Blackwell. Dunning, E. (1971) The Sociology of Sport: Selective Readings, London: Frank Cass. Durham, M & Kellner, D (eds.) (rev. ed. 2006) Media and Cultural Studies: Keyworks , Oxford: Blackwell Publishing. Edgell, S (2006) The Sociology of Work: Continuity and Change in Paid and Unpaid Work , London: Sage. Frosnick, S. & Marsh, P. (2006) 'Football Hooliganism', Devon: Willan Publishing. Giddens, A (2002), Runaway World: how globalization is shaping our lives , London: Profile. Giulianotte, R. et al (1994), Football, Violence and Social Identity, London: Routledge. Giulianotti, R. (2005) Sport: a critical sociology , Cambridge: Polity. Grint, K (2005) The Sociology of Work: An Introduction , 3 rd ed., Cambridge: Polity Press. Grint, K (ed) (3 rd ed., 2006) The Sociology of Work. An Introduction , Cambridge: Polity. Griswold, W. (3 rd ed., 2008) Cultures and Societies in a Changing World . London: Pine Forge Press. Hakim, Catherine. (2011) Erotic Capital: The Power of Attraction in the Boardroom. Basic Books, Perseus Book Group. USA. Hearn, J & Parkin, W (2001) Gender, Sexuality and Violence in Organizations , London: Sage.Scott, W Richard (2001) Institutions and Organizations , 2 nd Ed., Thousand Oaks, Ca: Sage. Held, D (2003, 2nd ed.), The Global Transformations Reader: an introduction to the globalization debate , Cambridge: Polity. Holton, R J (2005), Making Globalization , Houndsmill: Palgrave Macmillan. Horne, J. (2006) Sport and Consumer Culture , London: Routledge. Houlihan, B. (2008) Sport and Society , (2nd ed.), London: Sage. Hutton, W & Giddens, A (eds) (2000), On the Edge. Living with Global Capitalism , London: Jonathan Cape. Inglis, D. (2005) Culture and Everyday Life . London: Routledge Ingham, R. et al (1978), Football Hooliganism: The Wider Context, London. Jarvie, G. (2006) Sport, Culture and Society, London: Routledge. Jones, R. (2000) Sociology of sport: theory and practice , London: Longman. Kumar, K (1995), From Post-industrial to Post-modern Society. New Theories of the Contemporary World , Oxford: Blackwell. Layder, D (2006: 2nd ed.), Understanding Social Theory , London: Sage Maguire, J. (2004) Power and global sport : zones of prestige, emulation and resistance, London: Routledge. Miles, S. (2001) Social Theory in the Real World , London: Sage. Miller, T. (2001) Globalisation and Sport , London: Sage. Ransome, P E (2005) Work, Consumption and Culture, Affluence and Social Change in the Twenty-first Century , London: Sage. Rowe, D. (2004) Sport, Culture and the Media, 2 nd Edition, Open University Press. Slack, T. (2004) The commercialisation of sport, London: Routledge Sugden, J. (2002) Power games: a critical sociology of sport , London: Routledge. Webster, F (2002) Theories of the Information Society , 2 nd Ed., London: Routledge. Woodward, K (ed) (2 nd ed. 2004) Questioning Identity: Gender, Class and Ethnicity , London: Routledge. Journals Global Networks Race & Class International Review for the Sociology of Sport Sociology Journal of Sport and Social Issues, Sport in society Sport Ethics and Philosophy Sport and Leisure British Journal of Sociology Gender, Work and Organization Work, Employment and Society Websites <> provides access to the 1999 Reith Lectures that Anthony Giddens gave on globalisation. <> <> <> <> Global Information Limited. (2010) The Global Business of Sports Television, <> <> <>

Transferrable Skills

By the end of the module, students should have developed: -567 their oral and written communication skills; -567 their ability to work independently and in groups; their ability to collect, interpret and present information; their capacity for critical and reflexive analysis. their ability to reflect upon the presentation of self and impression management

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FT) 36.00
Independent Learning (FT) 128.00
Practicals (FT) 4.00
Lectures (FT) 20.00
Seminars (FT) 12.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (Exams Office) 2.00 50.00 35% Two hour unseen exam
Course Work 02 n/a 15.00 35% Individual reflective report
Course Work 01 n/a 35.00 35% Group Presentation