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Undergraduate Course: Introducing Sociology (LLLJ07007)

Course Outline
SchoolCentre for Open Learning CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 7 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis course is not available to University of Edinburgh matriculated students. This is a for-credit course offered by the Office of Lifelong Learning (OLL); only students registered with OLL should be enrolled.

Sociology looks behind surface appearances to help us understand ourselves and the societies we live in, how we both shape and are shaped by society. We will look at the many social influences on our identity and question taken for granted explanations of inequality, the family, crime, and educational achievement.
Learn to study for credit on a course with study and essay writing skills built in.
Course description Course of Content
1. The Sociological Perspective - Is human behaviour natural or cultural?
The influence of society and culture in shaping human behaviour and what is ¿natural¿.
2. Sociological Theory: are humans created or creators? How free are we?
Contrasting theories; how society works; the relation between the individual and society; are we puppets or free-agents?
3. Culture and Identity (1)
The impact of culture (and subcultures) on social and personal identity: social class; power; gender/ sexuality; ethnicity; nationality and globalisation; disability; age; leisure; consumerism.
4. Culture and Identity (2)
5. What is a Family?
What is the ¿family¿? What is its ¿core¿? Who belongs to it? What does it do? How has it changed? The diversity of family types and roles.
6. Why Inequality?
Different forms of inequality, different explanations of why inequality exists, the concept of ¿meritocracy¿.
7. Who Wins at School?
The focus here is on differences in ¿educational achievement¿: who achieves what at school, and why?
8. What is Crime and who are the Criminals?
Issues in identifying the extent of crime, types of crime, and who are the criminals. The causes of crime and deviance.
9. Sociological Explanation
Students will choose topics to reflect their own interests/ current events and develop and apply sociological explanations.
10. Course review and summary
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  20
Course Start Lifelong Learning - Session 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 78 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Open Studies 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.
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Learning Outcomes
By the end of this course, students should be able to:
. Explain a sociological perspective, the importance of evidence, and different theories used in sociological explanation;
. Apply sociological knowledge in explaining specific features of society;
. Compare, contrast, and critically evaluate different sociological views;
. Employ the relevant skills required for successful study in the social sciences.

They will also have developed skills for independent learning, including reading texts critically; taking notes; and planning and writing essays.
Reading List
Course materials will be given on each topic.

Browne, K., 2008. Sociology. 3rd ed. Cambridge: Polity.
Giddens, A., 2006. Sociology. 5th ed. Cambridge: Polity Press.
Haralambos, M.and Holborn, M., 2008. Sociology: Themes & Perspectives. 7th ed. London: Collins.

Study Skills
Northedge, A., 2005. The Good Study Guide. Milton Keynes: OUP.

Web sources
Sites will be recommended throughout the course.

Class handouts
Handouts will be provided on a weekly basis.
Additional Information
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Course organiserMr James Mooney
Tel: (0131 6)50 3077
Course secretaryMr Benjamin Mcnab
Tel: (0131 6)51 4832
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