Undergraduate Course: Introduction to Social Science (Credit Plus) (SSPS07006)
|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 designed for students on the HSS International Foundation Programme. It is not available to undergraduate students.
Introduction to Social Science (Credit Plus) will provide an introduction to sociology, social policy, politics, economics and government in an interdisciplinary way through a thematic approach. A study skills component will be offered alongside the main course content to enable students to develop skills to progress to further study.
1. Modernity, Complexity & Science
a. Why a science for society
b. A car accident and act of terror
c. Social responses to problems
2. Societies across Time and Space
a. Love and marriage
b. Health and illness
c. Crime and punishment
3. Investigating Human Nature
a. Can humans adapt themselves?
b. Cultural variations
c. Humanity in common
4. Study Skills Review
a. Note-taking from classes
b. Reading for classes
c. Finding and using readings
Practice summarising exercise due
5. Allocating Resources
a. Identifying resources
b. Need, consumption and scarcity
c. A global problem?
6. The Transition to Urban Life
a. Pre-capitalist markets
b. The 'best' universal system?
c. Negative externalities
7. Poverty and Inequality
a. Defining poverty
b. Debating the causes of poverty
c. The social effects of inequality
8. Working on Assessments
a. Doing your essay plan
b. Handling the set tables/graphs
c. Doing the referencing exercise
9. The Impacts of State Welfare
a. Who supplies welfare?
b. Welfare changes in the UK
c. The rise of state intervention
Essay Plans due
10. Power and Decision Making
a. Aristotle's modes of rule
b. Four dimensions of power
c. Knowledge, authority and order
Referencing Exercise due
11. Disobedience and Disorder
a. Is disobedience disorder?
b. Sophocles' Antigone
c. Nazism and total war
Final Essay to be submitted by the published due date.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
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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, including liberal economic and welfare based approaches;
- Define the concepts of politics and power;
- Explain the notions of political obligation and obedience to moral codes, and exemplify instances of justifiable law breaking;
- Discuss the issues around 'scientific method' in studying people (in social science).
Haralambos, M. and Holborn, M., 2008. Sociology: Themes & Perspectives. 7th edition. London: Collins.
Northedge, A., 2005. The Good Study Guide. New edition. Milton Keynes: OUP.
Giddens, A., 2006. Sociology. 5th edition. Cambridge: Polity Press.
Hinchliffe, S. and Woodward, K., 2004. The Social & the Natural: Uncertainty, Risk, Change. London: Routledge.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Students will have developed skills for independent learning, including reading texts critically; taking notes; debating ideas and contributing to discussion both individually and in groups; and planning and writing essays. They will also have developed skills in reflective strategies to tackle unfamiliar challenges and tasks.
||Students must only be enrolled by the Office of Lifelong Learning
|Course organiser||Ms Kate McHugh
Tel: (0131 6)51 1589
|Course secretary||Mr Benjamin McNab
Tel: (0131 6)51 4832