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Course Overview

This macro-sociology 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 Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Rhoda M. Wilkie

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

  • Either Programme Level 1 or Programme Level 2
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

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.

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 30 August 2024 for 1st half-session courses and 20 December 2024 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1 x 2000 word essay (40%)

2hr exam (40%)

Weekly online quiz (i.e. Weeks 1 to 10) - 2 x 10% = (20%)


Resit (for students who took the course in Academic Year 2020/21):  

2hr exam (100%)

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualRememberILO’s for this course are available in the course guide.

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