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Undergraduate Course: Sociology 1B: The Sociological Imagination: Private Troubles, Public Problems (SCIL08005)

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 is designed to explore sociological thinking with regard to a number of issues of contemporary concern. Recent topics included: structure and agency; the sociology of the body; race and society; deviance; economy and society; and social change.
Course description This course complements knowledge gained in Sociology 1A The Sociological Imagination: Individuals and Society and provides a basis for further study in Sociology 2A/B and Honours. The theme of the course is the relationship between private troubles and public problems, i.e. how the personal challenges many of us face in our lives are shaped and defined in ways that often appear to be beyond our direct control. The course will introduce students to the sociological perspective by examining four significant topics in the discipline of sociology. By the end of the course, students will be able to identify some of the social changes, problems, and issues facing modern societies.

The course is taught through lectures and tutorials. Tutorials provide an opportunity to discuss the ideas presented in the course with other students, test them out and get feedback from the tutor. We encourage students to participate fully in the tutorials to get as much out of the course as possible.
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 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 20, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 9, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 167 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 90 %, Practical Exam 10 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Midterm essay, 2000 words (45% of the overall mark)
Final essay, 2000 words (45% of the overall mark)
Tutorial participation mark (10% of the overall mark)
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. develop their understanding of the sociological perspective and "sociological imagination"
  2. understand and discuss four areas of study which illustrate the relationship between private troubles and public problems.
  3. understand how sociological perspectives have adapted to contemporary changes in national and global society and culture.
  4. critically analyse and evaluate core sociological ideas.
  5. demonstrate the ability to understand, summarise and critically assess sociological work.
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information One hour tutorials over ten weeks and starting in Week 2
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Mary Holmes
Tel: (0131 6)51 3140
Course secretaryMr Ethan Alexander
Tel: (0131 6)50 4001
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