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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

SOC2050: Knowing the Social World

This module descriptor refers to the 2020/1 academic year.

Module Aims

The module draws theory and empirical work together in ways that help us to understand the social world. In this module we will explore a variety of approaches to social research and gain hands-on experience with some of the techniques these sources have employed. The aim is to equip you with key life skills that are applicable in the workplace and in daily life – for example, evaluating the veracity of accounts and claims, judging situations, and learning about people and their ways.

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 knowledge of various methodological approaches to sociological research;
2. demonstrate an understanding of the advantages and limitations of those approaches;
3. evaluate critically empirical social research;
4. use and evaluate critically techniques of sociological research;
Discipline-Specific Skills5. use methodological knowledge and awareness of techniques to assess critically empirical claims in different areas of sociology;
6. demonstrate an understanding of the interrelations between empirical research and sociological theory;
Personal and Key Skills7. assess critically research-based claims in public discourse;
8. communicate effectively in written and verbal form.