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SO2004: STUDYING SOCIAL LIFE 1 (2016-2017)

Last modified: 28 Jun 2018 10:27

Course Overview

This 15-credit course follows on from level-one sociology. It is designed to highlight the ways that sociological theory informs the research endeavour, not only the questions sociologists raise, but also the particular modes through which we go about investigating them. The module examines these points in relation to a range of micro-level topics – bodies and eating, sex and gender, the emotions, the life course, and death and dying – all of which emphasise the nature of human interaction and sociological efforts to understand it.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 2
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Marta Trezbiatowska

Qualification Prerequisites


What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • One of KL10F1 Introduction to Sociology 1 (Passed) or SO1004 Introduction to Sociology 1 (Passed) or SO1005 Introduction to Sociology I (Passed)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Either SO1506 Introduction to Sociology 2 (Passed) or SO1507 Introduction to Sociology II (Passed)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • SO2003 Study Social Life 1 (Studied)
  • SO2005 Studying Social Life 1 (Extended) (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This 15-credit course familiarises students with various issues in micro-sociology, the study of small-scale social arrangements and experiences of everyday life. Particular focus is on the sociological analysis of food production and consumption, human feelings, sex and gender, the life course and death.

Further Information & Notes

This course is worth 15 credits. There is also an expanded 30 credit version which runs simultaneously. Students may only take either the 15 credit or 30 credit course, not both. Intending Honours students must take at least 45 credit points from Sociology level 2 courses.

Details for second half-session courses, including assessments, may be subject to change until 23 December 2022.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown


More Information about Week Numbers

Details for second half-session courses, including assessments, may be subject to change until 23 December 2022.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: 1 one-hour written examination (60%); continuous assessment (40%).

Resit: 1 one-hour written examination (100%).

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.


Written feedback will be provided for continuous assessment work, where appropriate. This will normally be provided within three weeks of the submission date. Oral feedback on class presentations will also be provided where appropriate.

Course Learning Outcomes


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