Undergraduate Course: Introducing Social Science (Credit Plus) (LLLJ07002)
|School||Centre for Open Learning
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 7 (Year 1 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This course is not available to University of Edinburgh matriculated students. This is a for-credit course offered by the Centre for Open Learning (COL); only students registered with COL should be enrolled.
Develop the skills to read social science texts, apply key concepts, and interpret and use social science statistics. This course provides an ideal starting point for your study of sociology, social policy, politics, or economics.
Learn how to study for credit on a course with study and essay writing skills built in.
Content of course
1. Introduction: Giddens on Sociology
Global Warming Statistics
2. Distributing Goods: Industry and the Environment
Brown Reading I
3. Distributing Bads: Global Markets, Risk and Fair Trade
Brown Reading II
4. Poverty & Social Unrest
Birth Weight Statistics
5. The Welfare State: Social Policy and Family Life
6. What is Politics? Power and Democracy
7. Social Obligation I: Sophocles & Socrates
8. Social Obligation II: Locke & Rousseau
9. Science & Society: The Authority of Knowledge
10. Course summary and Revision
Discrete sessions will be offered in essay writing skills, note-taking, effective reading, time-management, working with others and problem solving.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2017/18, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
||Lifelong Learning - Session 1
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Centre for Open Learning 10 credit courses have one assessment. Normally, the assessment is a 2000 word essay, worth 100% of the total mark, submitted by week 12. To pass, students must achieve a minimum of 40%. There are a small number of exceptions to this model which are identified in the Studying for Credit Guide.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Explain the role of the social sciences, and the specific contributions of the component disciplines
- Explain the problem of defining and measuring poverty, and evaluate different approaches to poverty and government policy
- Define the concepts of politics and power
- Explain the notions of political obligation and obedience to state laws and exemplify instances of justifiable law breaking
- Discuss the issue of 'scientific method' in studying people (in social science)
Haralambos, M.and Holborn, M., 2008. Sociology: Themes & Perspectives. 7th ed. London: Collins.
Plato, Crito, Copyright Free eBook.
Sophocles, Antigone, Copyright Free eBook.
Giddens, A., 2006. Sociology. 5th ed. Cambridge: Polity Press
Hinchliffe, S. and Woodward, K., 2004. The Social & the Natural: Uncertainty, Risk, Change. London: Routledge.
Northedge, A., 2005. The Good Study Guide. Milton Keynes: Open University Press.
Polity Press┐ online resources for Giddens┐ Sociology:
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Mr James Mooney
Tel: (0131 6)50 3077
|Course secretary||Mr Benjamin Mcnab
Tel: (0131 6)51 4832