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Undergraduate Course: Sociology 1A: The Sociological Imagination: Individuals and Society (SCIL08004)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Social and Political Science CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course introduces some of the key ideas of the discipline by examining the relationship between 'individuals' and 'societies'. Among the topics will be the social nature of the self, the influence of groups, digital identities, migration and the city.
Course description Academic description
This course introduces you to the key ideas of sociology by examining the relationship between individuals and societies. The course explores how social processes shape individual lives, and how changes that occur around us influence our sense of self. It draws on C. Wright Mills idea of the sociological imagination. Mills makes three claims: that individuals live within society, that they live a biography or a personal history, and that this takes place within a distinct historical sequence. It is the sociological imagination that provides a means of mapping and understanding the relationships among these three elements, and allows us as individuals to relate our personal lives to the often impersonal social world around us. That is the promise of sociology.

The course has four units, each covering a different area in sociology. Recent topics include: the social nature of the self, violence in social life, the sociological significance of race, transnationalism and global society, digital technologies and the networked society.

Student learning experience
The course is taught through lectures and tutorials. Tutorials are your chance to discuss the ideas you learn in the course with other students, test them out and have feedback on them from your tutor. We encourage you to participate fully in the tutorials so you get as much out of the course as possible. We give you tasks to complete outside of class which you discuss with other students in the tutorials.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  465
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 20, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 166 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Mid-semester essay: 50%
Final essay: 50%.
Feedback Assessment will be a mid-semester essay (50% of the overall mark), and a final essay (50% of the overall mark). Essay questions are set in the handbook. A tutorial is set aside for essay preparation.
Formative assessment: the mid-semester essay is the formative assessment for the course.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Students will be introduced to the discipline and study of sociology using several different in-depth units which apply sociology to contemporary social life and social problems
  2. Students will gain a broad knowledge of key sociological concepts and the concept of 'society'
  3. Students will understand the relationship between sociological argument and evidence and be able to develop their own arguments drawing on sociological evidence
  4. Students will be able to analyse the behaviour of individuals in groups and the influences on individual experience and action
  5. Students will be able to analyse contemporary issues sociologically. They will be able to apply a critical perspective to social problems and personal experiences discussed in the course
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information Tutorials: One hour tutorials over ten weeks and starting in week two.
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Course organiserDr Lisa McCormick
Tel: (01316) 511339
Course secretaryMr Ethan Alexander
Tel: (0131 6)50 4001
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