SO4004 - Thinking Sociologically 2

What will I learn on this module?

Following on from Thinking Sociologically 1 in Semester 1, this module focuses on early twentieth century theorists and addresses how they have influenced the way we understand the world around us. You will be introduced to contemporary critiques of classical sociological models through a consideration of how ideas evolved and challenged sociological thinking and approaches. We will apply a range of theory to contemporary social problems and debates, such as social division, changing identity, and investigate the shifting roles of the media, family, education, the body and emotions.

How will I learn on this module?

The module will be taught through combination of lectures and seminars. Lectures will generally outline key concepts and theories which, along with the Module Guide and e-learning portal, will provide a framework for seminar discussions and student self-directed study. Seminars will focus upon key discussion questions and key readings, which will directly relate to assessment tasks. Key readings are available electronically via the library or via the Blackboard site for the module.

You will be expected to engage in private and self-directed study. The lecture programme, module guide, internet site and tutor prescription will provide a clear framework for this study.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Tutorial time will be available to all students (on a group or individual basis) during staff ‘office hours’ or upon appointment with a module tutor. Sign up on the office door of staff or email members of staff to request a tutorial time.

You will also have access to the e-learning portal with a dedicated internet site to support this module (currently via 'Blackboard'). The site will include electronic copies of module and lecture materials, further reading materials, important module announcements, tutor advice/guidance and further internet links.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at:
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team –

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:

1. To demonstrate an understanding of the importance of social theory in the understanding and explanation of the nature of the social world

2. To demonstrate an understanding of contemporary critiques of classical sociological models through a consideration of some twentieth century theory.

3. To be able to apply a range of twentieth century social theory to interpret key social challenges.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
1. To start to apply, and be able to discuss, a range of social theory and its relevance to contemporary debates and current affairs

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

1. To recognise the contribution from 20th Century social theory in studying society and appreciate the contribution sociological theory specifically makes to understanding the social world, and how this interacts with your own perspectives and world view.

How will I be assessed?

In semester 2 you will be assessed via a 200 word comprehension-based critical analysis of a short extract of text, to be handed in during week 6, and a 2000 word essay to be submitted in week 12.

You will receive written feedback on your assessments within 20 working days (4 weeks) of their submissions dates in semester one and semester two.

Students are encouraged to see their tutors for additional feedback on their assessments during the year. Students are also encouraged to use essay plans as part of their assessment preparation and tutors can offer formative feedback on these plans to help students with their writing.





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Course info

UCAS Code LM39

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Social Sciences

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2024 or September 2025

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