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Undergraduate Course: Introducing Social Science (Credit Plus) (LLLJ07002)

Course Outline
SchoolCentre for Open Learning CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
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 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.
Course description 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
Bevin Reading
6. What is Politics? Power and Democracy
Lukes Reading
7. Social Obligation I: Sophocles & Socrates
8. Social Obligation II: Locke & Rousseau
9. Science & Society: The Authority of Knowledge
Smith Reading
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)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Explain the role of the social sciences, and the specific contributions of the component disciplines
  2. Explain the problem of defining and measuring poverty, and evaluate different approaches to poverty and government policy
  3. Define the concepts of politics and power
  4. Explain the notions of political obligation and obedience to state laws and exemplify instances of justifiable law breaking
  5. Discuss the issue of 'scientific method' in studying people (in social science)
Reading List
Essential Readings
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.
Study Skills
Northedge, A., 2005. The Good Study Guide. Milton Keynes: Open University Press.

Web sources
Polity Press┐ online resources for Giddens┐ Sociology:
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Course organiserMr James Mooney
Tel: (0131 6)51 6079
Course secretaryMs Kameliya Skerleva
Tel: (0131 6)51 1855
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