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Course Overview

This macro-sociology 30 credit course extends students’ understanding of large-scale social, as well as political and economic, processes and institutions. Particular focus is on the sociological analysis of global issues and socio-political controversies, many of which are subject to topical and, at times, contentious debate at the beginning of the 21st century. The substantive topics include areas of social and political concern such as globalisation; the changing nature of economy, work and leisure; risk and insecurity; multiculturalism; food production and security; social movements; nationalism and identities.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 2
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Rhoda Wilkie

Qualification Prerequisites


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

  • Either SO2004 Studying Social Life 1 (Studied) or SO2005 Studying Social Life 1 (Extended) (Studied)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • One of KL10F1 Introduction to Sociology 1 (Passed) or SO1004 Introduction to Sociology 1 (Passed) or SO1005 Introduction to Sociology I (Passed)
  • 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?

  • SO2503 Study Social Life 2 (Studied)
  • SO2504 Studying Social Life 2 (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This course compliments the level 2 Sociology course given in the first semester. It familiarises students with various issues in macro-sociology, the study of large-scale social institutions and long-term social changes. Particular focus is on the sociological analysis of contemporary social and political problems and controversies, looking at the social and historical reasons behind their emergence. The substantive topics covered may include such areas of contemporary social and political concern as risk, the changing nature of economy and work, consumerism and consumption, tourism, social movements, nationalism and food production. Emphasis is put on how different kinds of sociologists both conceptualise and empirically research such matters.

Further Information & Notes

This is the extended, 30 credit version of the 15 credit version of this course. It is particularly for intending Sociology Honours students, but is open to all students with the necessary pre-requisites. A student cannot take both the 15 and 30 credit versions of the course. Intending Honours students must take at least 45 credit points from Sociology level 2 courses.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown


More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

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

Resit: 1 two-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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