Duration of study
- What is sociology?
- What makes the sociological approach different?
- Central terms and concepts in sociology
Module 2 - Research processes
- The process of research in sociology
- The later stages of the research process
- Social surveys, questionnaires and structured interviews
- Unstructured interviews and longitudinal studies
- Secondary sources of data
Module 3 - Families
- What is a "family"?
- Sociological approaches to the study of families
- Changing families and households
- Changing patterns of marriage and divorce
- Changing family relationships
- Contemporary family issues
Module 4 - Education
- The role of education
- The structure of the education system today
- Education and social policy
- Social class and educational achievement
- Ethnicity and educational achievement
- Gender and educational achievement
Module 5 - Crime and deviance
- Defining crime and deviance
- Explaining crime and deviance
- Official crime statistics, self-report studies and victim surveys
- The social distribution of crime
- The impact of criminal and deviant behaviour
- The significance of social problems
Module 6 - The mass media
- Defining the mass media
- The mass media and the audience
- The mass media as an agency of socialisation
- Ownership and control within the media
- The mass media, stereotyping and deviancy amplification
Module 7 - Power
- Defining power
- The political process in Britain
- Participation in the political process
- Voting behaviour
- Pressure groups and other forms of political participation
- The welfare state and social problems
- Power relationships in everyday situations
Module 8 - Social inequality
- Defining social inequality and social stratification
- Social class and social mobility
- Gender and ethnicity
- Income, wealth and poverty
- Explaining poverty
- Debates about social divisions in Britain
Exams and assessment
- 1 hour 30 minutes, 50% of marks
- 1 hour 30 minutes, 50% of marks
Non-exam assessment (NEA):
This course has:
- 1 introductory assignment
- 15 assignments
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