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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

SOC1003: Imagining Social Worlds: Texts

This module descriptor refers to the 2016/7 academic year.


NQF Level 4
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Charles Masquelier (Lecturer)

Available via distance learning


Anthropologists and sociologists are primarily concerned with understanding the human condition. In order to do this, they engage in research processes which enable them to explore the lives, experiences and world-views of their human subjects. In anthropology this has traditionally meant living in small, remote communities for an extended period of time, while sociologists have tended to work closer to home, and on a larger scale in the cities of Europe and North America. Yet regardless of the location, both disciplines share a repertoire of research tools, theoretical ideas and analytical frameworks. This module involves the systematic study of selected problems and questions in social research with a focus on the end products of ethnographic study: the written and multi-media texts which social researchers produce to enable them to tell the stories of the people and places they have studied.

In this module, you will find out about how sociologists and anthropologists develop their research, from the moment of entering the field to the dissemination (and reception) of the final published product. You will become familiar with different strategies for gathering, evaluating and presenting empirical material and evidence, and will develop your ability to formulate research questions of your own. We will do this by approaching academic books and other texts as reflections of how the sociologists and anthropologists in question imagine the social worlds of the 'others' they have studied. Through a focus on research which has been conducted by sociologists and anthropologists in a range of contexts around the world you will be able to explore the issues associated with formulating distinctly anthropological and/or sociological research questions, utilising appropriate research methods and analytical approaches. As a result, this module will provide you with key skills and understanding you will need at the start of your academic careers.

No prior knowledge or pre-requisite modules.

Module created


Last revised

February 2013