Undergraduate Module Descriptor

SOC1003: Imagining Social Worlds: Texts

This module descriptor refers to the 2019/0 academic year.

Module Aims

The aim of this module is to introduce you to a range of theoretical and practical issues faced by sociologists and anthropologists as they attempt to engage with and understand their human research subjects. Through a focus on a broad range of anthropological and sociological texts, the module aims to teach you how to research the social world. As a result, this module will equip you with analytical skills required for developing your own anthropological and sociological imagination.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here – you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. demonstrate a basic knowledge of a range of key methodological approaches and theoretical orientations in anthropology and sociology
2. demonstrate a basic knowledge of the ways in which social and historical context has influenced the process of social research;
3. evaluate the research strategies and theoretical approaches employed by a selection of established sociologists and anthropologists;
Discipline-Specific Skills4. Evaluate at a basic level a range of social scientific arguments, methods of data collection and analysis of data
5. describe at a basic level a range of key concepts, theories and methods of anthropological/sociological analysis;
6. describe at a basic level some of the ways in which anthropological/sociological knowledge can be applied;
7. demonstrate a basic ability to evaluate your own cultural assumptions and those of a range of established social researchers;
Personal and Key Skills8. plan and execute work independently, within supportive guidelines, to achieve acceptable outcomes;
9. discuss ideas and interpretations with others in a clear and reasoned way;
10. Demonstrate the capacity for structured argumentation both in writing and orally.