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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

SOC3142: Emotions, the Body, and the Social

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

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics: 

  • Historical contextualisation of emotions in sociology/social sciences - Emotion vs rationality/body vs mind
  • Interdisciplinary engagement with theories of emotion, drawing from psychology, neuroscience, philosophy, anthropology and sociology
  • Affect theory
  • Phenomenology and embodiment
  • Emotions and traditional sociological themes (e.g. race, class, social order & change, power)
  • Sociologies of emotions (e.g. road rage, emotional labour, manners)

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 & Teaching activities2211 x 2 hours per week comprising of lectures and seminars
Guided Independent48Reading and preparation for lectures and seminars
Guided Independent30Preparation for summative essay
Guided Independent50Preparation for summative research essay

Online Resources

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