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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

SOC2103: Senses and Society

This module descriptor refers to the 2023/4 academic year.


NQF Level 5
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module will run during term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Professor Michael Schillmeier (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


This introductory module explores and discusses the importance of sensory practices in experiencing, understanding and making social worlds. Sensory practices are socially produced (gender, class etc.) and perform cultural differences in the different ways we engage with humans and our non-human environment. Sensory practices shape and are shaped by social and cultural practices. The module will give an overview of the different senses – seeing, touching, hearing, smelling, tasting - and related sociological and anthropological issues, research agendas and theoretical orientations.

The module is appropriate for students with some background in sociology or anthropology, although there are no pre-requisites. This module is suitable for both specialist and non-specialist students and its interdisciplinary outlook will appeal to students in social sciences, anthropology and philosophy.

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