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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

SOC2050: Knowing the Social World

This module descriptor refers to the 2022/3 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Sessions will consist of lectures with question/answer and discussion, hands-on workshops and tutorials linked to honing research techniques.

From year to year, the module’s precise content may vary. The syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics::

  • Introduction: Knowing the Social (perception and reality; epistemology and ontology; meaning; framing; ethics)
  • Unobtrusive measures (physical traces; oblique perspectives, the ‘light footprint’, archives and numbers)
  • Survey methods, sampling and questionnaire design
  • Online methods of data collection
  • Textual methods (poetics and metaphor, style, content, narrative and discourse analysis, voice)
  • Talk and spoken discourse (personae, turn-taking, cueing and discourse strands and registers, ensemble)
  • Interviews and focus groups (performance, leading, prompting, the self-effacing interviewer, what we say vs what we do?, cueing, follow-up, the micro-macro link)
  • Ethnography and Participant Observation (materiality, embodiment, practice, setting, scenes, organisations, ethnomethods, experience)

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activity1111 lectures x 1 hour each
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activity11Tutorials 1 hour each week
Guided Independent study84Reading set texts and wider reading to inform formative assessment items
Guided Independent study84Application of data collection /analysis for essay preparation

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).