SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M1L323017
Module Leader Emmanuelle Tulle
School Glasgow School for Business and Society
Subject Sociology
  • A (September start)-B (January start)

Summary of Content

The aim of this module is to introduce students to some the main concepts, perspectives and approaches in Sociology which can be used to critically analyse contemporary society in an era of globalization and profound social, economic as well as environmental social transformations. There is a special focus on early and late capitalism, colonialism and post-colonialism, patriarchal structures and against this backdrop we will be examining changes in the class structure, social identities (race, ethnicity and racism, as well as gender, sex and sexuality), health inequalities, biomedicine, the body and consumption, work and organisations, but also consensus and conflict (religion and secularism, nationhood/nationalism and globalisation). The syllabus reflects research expertise present in the group and is also designed to help the students develop employability attributes consistent with level 1. PRME-related issues / topics are covered in this module by addressing the following themes: -360 - engagement with the sociological imagination to understand the social world - introduce the concept of social construction - explore how social divisions have emerged and how they continue to affect individual agency/social practices - examine the co-constitution of society and identity


BLOCK 1 INTRODUCTION: what is Sociology? LECTURE 1 Introduction to the course LECTURE 2 The Sociological Imagination BLOCK 2 SOCIAL DIVISIONS AND SOCIAL IDENTITIES LECTURE 3 Occupation & social class LECTURE 4 Marx, Weber & social class SEMINAR What is Sociology? BLOCK 3 SOCIAL CLASSES IN MODERN BRITAIN LECTURE 5 Contemporary class theory LECTURE 6 Social mobility in Britain SEMINAR Marx and Weber on class and status BLOCK 4 RACE, ETHNICITY AND RACISM LECTURE 7 Understanding race and ethnicity LECTURE 8 Racial divisions and inequalities in Britain SEMINAR Social classes in modern Britain BLOCK 5 GENDER, SEX AND SEXUALITY LECTURE 9 The Sociology of gender and sexuality LECTURE 10 Gender and work SEMINAR Racial divisions and inequalities BLOCK 6 HEALTH INEQUALITIES LECTURE 11 Social class and inequalities in health LECTURE 12 Gender and inequalities in health. SEMINAR Understanding gender, sex and inequalities BLOCK 7 MODERN MEDICINE AND THE BODY LECTURE 13 Medical social control LECTURE 14 The social construction of the body SEMINAR Sociological explanations for social class and gender inequalities in health in practice BLOCK 8 RELIGION AND SECULARISM LECTURE 15 Religion and social theory: Marx, Weber, Durkheim LECTURE 16 The secularisation thesis SEMINAR Health, the body and social control BLOCK 9 WORK AND ORGANISATIONS LECTURE 17 The changing nature of work LECTURE 18 Understanding organisations SEMINAR Religion and secularism BLOCK 10 NATIONALISM AND GLOBALISATION LECTURE 19 Nations and nationalism LECTURE 20 What is globalisation? SEMINAR Working in contemporary society BLOCK 11 MODULE REVIEW LECTURE 21 Module review LECTURE 22 Sociology and employability SEMINAR Nationalism and globalisation

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:- demonstrate awareness of the central perspectives of contemporary Sociology and be able to articulate these in written and oral form- locate and access relevant sources of data on British and Scottish society;- retrieve and utilise these sources in concrete analysis and be able to communicate the results orally in a group context and in written form - relate contemporary trends in British, Scottish and European society to broader global transformations - display digital literacy

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Teaching includes a core series of lectures supplemented by student-centred seminars involving directed learning and group activities, as well as individual tutorials. 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

-567 Books and articles: Barry, A.M. and Yuill, C. (20011) Understanding the Sociology of Health: An Introduction 3 rd Edition, London: Sage Fevre, R. And Bancroft, A. (2010) Dead white men & other important people, Basingstoke: Palgrave Fulcher, J. And Scott, J. (2011) Sociology, 4 th edition, Oxford: Oxford University Press. Giddens, A. and Sutton, P.W. (2010) Sociology: Introductory Readings, 3 rd edition, Polity McIntosh, I. (1997) Classical Sociological Theory: A Reader, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press Mills, C.W. (1967) The Sociological Imagination, Penguin -567 Online sources: British Sociological Association:

Transferrable Skills

By the end of this module students will have gained competence in the following key areas: Time-management, self-management, information seeking Communication skills Rigorous and critical thinking about contemporary social issues using the Sociological imagination Digital literacy

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FT) 24.00
Seminars (FT) 22.00
Independent Learning (FT) 132.00
Lectures (FT) 22.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 02 n/a 40.00 35% 1000 words
Course Work 01 n/a 60.00 35% Essay 1500 words