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Last modified: 26 Feb 2018 18:27

Course Overview

Thinking Sociologically is the department's core sociological theory module. The course offers our students an introduction to a range of key sociological thinkers and bodies of thought, both classical and contemporary, that inform sociological analysis of social life and social institutions. As such, this course is intended to provide our honours students with a conceptual 'toolkit', that can be applied to facilitate understanding, insight and informed critique with respect to a broad range of historical and contemporary social, political and economic phenomena.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr John Bone

Qualification Prerequisites

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

  • One of SO2003 Study Social Life 1 (Passed) or SO2004 Studying Social Life 1 (Passed) or SO2005 Studying Social Life 1 (Passed)
  • One of SO2503 Study Social Life 2 (Passed) or SO2504 Studying Social Life 2 (Passed) or SO2505 Sociology of Everyday Life II: Global Issues in the 21st Century (Passed)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • SO3566 Thinking Sociologically (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The course aims to give students an understanding of what constitutes core sociological ways of theorising and researching specific aspects of social life. It considers the similarities and differences between the various theoretical and methodological orientations of key sociologists from the nineteenth century to the present day. The course also considers the relevance, or otherwise, of these ideas to understanding contemporary society.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • MA Sociology
  • Sociology Joint

Contact Teaching Time

44 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


1st Attempt: Examination (60%), continuous assessment (40%). Continuous assessment consists of one essay of 2,500 words.

Resit: Examination (100%) unless candidate opts to carry forward continuous assessment grade.

Formative Assessment



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

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