This module will introduce students to current and cutting-edge developments and debates in the field of sociology, linking them to older traditions and currents of the discipline.
students will receive a lecture/workshop from a different member of academic staff in the Department each week, focusing on their particular area of specialism, the work in which they are currently engaged, and how this work relates to developments in the wider discipline and beyond. This will enable students to gain an understanding of the limits and possibilities of Sociology as a discipline, through engagement with a wide range of approaches (in terms of methodology, empirical focus and theoretical approach), to develop their own interests in specific areas of work (in preparation for the dissertation) and to relate these specific interests to other sociological approaches.
By linking the innovative research currently conducted in the Department with longer-standing questions in Sociology, the module will challenge students who have studied Sociology at undergraduate level, as well as acting as an engaging introduction to the discipline to those who are new to it.
Throughout the module, students will be encouraged to make links and consider contradictions between and within different approaches to sociological research, theory and practice. Students are encouraged to develop writing and presentation skills early in the module in order to share their analysis and learn from one another, taking a lead in shaping their own understandings and developing special interests within Sociology.
When writing your assessed essay you should aim to:
• Directly address and answer the essay question
• Use a wide range of relevant sources, properly referenced
• Demonstrate your understanding and appreciation of the sources you use and of relevant theories. One
way to do this is to provide examples that are relevant to the question.
• Set sources and viewpoints in context, and evaluate the ideas you discuss
• Substantiate the points you make with evidence
• Structure your essay in a logical way
• Write clearly (remember, the aim is to communicate your ideas rather than to demonstrate that you know
a lot of long words!)