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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

SOC3103: Senses and Society

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

Module Aims

The aims of this module are to introduce the relationship between the senses and lived social worlds, and to explore the how the different senses shape and are shaped social practices and cultural differences. It will discuss central topics and issues, different research agendas and theoretical orientations. With the use of specific and historically diverse examples, the module will examine key issues of current social life and how the perspective of sensory practices offers a novel understanding of the social and society.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here – you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. Demonstrate a critical knowledge of different approaches to the study of sensory practices
2. Demonstrate a critical ability to analyse and evaluate key issues in the field of sensory practices in relation specific themes, studies and findings
Discipline-Specific Skills3. Demonstrate the capacity to select relevant material and structure it in order to present coherent arguments
4. Demonstrate the ability to acquire detailed, systematic and comprehensive knowledge of debates in the field
5. Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of the well-established concepts of sensory practices, and of the way in which those principles shape interdisciplinary discourse
6. Demonstrate a systematic understanding of key aspects of engaging with sensory practices, including acquisition of coherent and detailed knowledge, at least some of which is at or informed by, the forefront of defined aspects of the Studies of the Senses, Society and Culture.
Personal and Key Skills7. Demonstrate the ability to undertake independent study and group work
8. Prepare focused and comprehensive written and oral presentations