Undergraduate Module Descriptor

SOC1008: Imagining Social Worlds: Artefacts

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


NQF Level 4
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Professor Michael Schillmeier (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


In this module you will learn how to read social practices and social contexts by analysing cultural artefacts – how to understand what objects tell us about the society in which they were made. In a short theoretical introduction we will explore the significance of material objects and symbols for social life and look at ways of interrogating practices around them. We will then engage in practical exercises to make everyday artefacts speak so they reveal implicit meanings. In the process we will question taken-for-granted assumptions about social life. In the process you will develop the creative and imaginative capacity crucial for the formulation of research questions and hypotheses. No prior knowledge skills or experience is required in order to take this module. It is suitable for both specialist and non-specialist students.

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