Undergraduate Module Descriptor

SOC1019: Contemporary Society: Themes and Perspectives

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 1 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Stuart Scrase (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


Stuart Scrase will be the lecturer for this module.

This module complements the  first year modules (such as SOC1018, SOC1020, SOC1028 and SOC1035) in that it concentrates primarily on the subject matter of sociology. It encourages you to develop a critical understanding of the rise and transformation of modern societies from the 18th century to the present day, with a particular focus on the last three decades. The module attempts to provide answers to the following questions: What makes a society modern? What are the characteristics of contemporary societies? What are some of the key political, economic, social and cultural issues in the Western world today?

No prior knowledge of sociological perspectives is necessary. This module is suitable for both specialist and non-specialist students and its interdisciplinary outlook will appeal to students in social sciences and humanities.  

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