Undergraduate Module Descriptor
SOC2050: Knowing the Social World
This module descriptor refers to the 2022/3 academic year.
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 Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activity||11||11 lectures x 1 hour each|
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activity||11||Tutorials 1 hour each week|
|Guided Independent study||84||Reading set texts and wider reading to inform formative assessment items|
|Guided Independent study||84||Application of data collection /analysis for essay preparation|
This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).