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SOCI1002 Transformations of The Modern World

Module Overview

The module will look at key social transformations in the modern world and the way in which these have been analysed by social scientists.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

To provide you with an understanding of key social transformations in the modern world, and the way in which these have been analysed by social scientists.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Identify the key sociological concepts of social change
  • Synthesise the major transformations of ‘modernity’
  • Review everyday social processes using a range of theoretical accounts
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Essay writing skills
  • Reflect on your own experiences as well as media reports of social, political and economic change, travel and migration, globalisation, risk and travel in an theoretically and empirically informed way.

Syllabus

The modern world is marked by constant and rapid social change. For some, these transformations indicate a runaway world spinning beyond our control. But how did this state of affairs come about? And how can we understand it? This unit looks at the emergence of ‘modern’ society and provides key concepts to understand the continuing social transformations of modernity. Looking at topics such as the tyranny of ‘experts’, the modern city, fashion, and global tourism, the unit examines the key processes of modernisation and how these have shaped the everyday lives of individuals. By examining the rise (and fall) of mass urban, industrial society, the unit shows how consumption and culture, space and nature, and individual self-identity have all been transformed by modernity. Attention is given to class, gender, race and ethnicity.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

two hour lecture on a weekly basis; one hour seminar every other week

TypeHours
Teaching20
Independent Study130
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Robin Cohen & Paul Kennedy (2007). Global Sociology. 

Stuart Hall & Bram Gieben (1992). Formations of Modernity. 

Assessment

Assessment Strategy

You will be assessed by means of a 1500-word essay and a two-hour examination. The essay assesses the ability to apply theoretical concepts of social change - for example ‘modernity’ or ‘globalization’. The exam assesses the ability to synthesise and critically assess accounts of modernity and social change.

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  ( words) 30%
Exam  (2 hours) 70%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Exam 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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