Module Catalogue 2019/20

SOC1029 : Doing Sociology

  • Offered for Year: 2019/20
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Gethin Rees
  • Owning School: Geography, Politics & Sociology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
Pre Requisites
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Co Requisites
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This module aims to introduce Stage One students to a range of study skills that are essential for the kind of independent study that university level education demands. The module includes generic study skills, learning how to apply those skills to sociology, and a set of sociology specific study skills.

The teaching for this module progresses, with a series of lectures, workshops and seminars, through the essential and sociology-focussed skills for learning in higher education, such as how to build a persuasive argument using appropriate academic evidence, how to use academic references in essay writing, time management and critical reading and thinking in order to be able to evaluate academic research.

Overall, the module offers an opportunity to think and learn about all the fundamental skills that student need to understand, and study within, the discipline of Sociology.

Specific module aims:
To introduce students to study skills related to the type of independent study associated with University-based learning.
To understand and practice the skills needed for developing and presenting sociological argument.
To introduce study skills related to critical thinking and apply these to the discipline of sociology.

Outline Of Syllabus

Lectures and related workshops and seminars covering learning in higher education, the sociological imagination, bibliographies and referencing, library skills, time management, developing writing and presentation skills, critical thinking and evaluating written work. Included are two assignment preparation workshops and an assessment feedback session.

Sociology is the systematic study of human society. It examines the interactions among social institutions, cultures, groups and individuals. It allows for the study of social life and social change and the exploration of the social and cultural causes and consequences of human behaviour. This module provides an introduction to the ‘doing’ of sociology, providing you with the skills with which to become a sociologist. This module will help you develop your own set of practical and analytical tools in order to develop and engage your sociological imagination, both practically and theoretically, through oral presentations, learning about structuring academic work, reflecting critically and analysing ideas.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

By the end of the module students should be able to understand

The importance of correct study, writing and research practices
The value of library and other information resources
The principles of argument construction and critical reading/thinking, and be able to apply them.
The basic tools needed for study in a university setting, and how to apply these to the study of sociology.

Intended Skill Outcomes

At the end of the module students should be able to:

Gather appropriate academic information to prepare for teaching sessions and assessments.
Apply critical reading and thinking skills to the academic materials they use in their work.
Apply basic analytic, argumentation and reasoning techniques, to critically appraise academic work by others.
Oral and written presentation of ideas and argument.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture82:0016:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching161:0016:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops41:004:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1164:00164:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The lectures will introduce and provide an analytic framework for the different issues being examined in the seminars, and these skills will be consolidated in the workshops. The focus of the contact time is therefore on the seminars and workshops to allow students to work together and practice the different skills being examined with the support of an appropriately experienced staff member or postgraduate teaching assistant. The seminar schedule is supported by the large group teaching sessions (lectures and workshops) to ensure that links between the content and the assessments are made explicit to students.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M501 page essay plan, 1,500 word reflection on their preparation and writing skills.
Essay1M502000 word critical review of an article or chapter.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The variety of assessments are geared to assessing the range of skills taught in the module and to involve students in learning how to make use of feedback on their development within the module.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


Disclaimer: The information contained within the Module Catalogue relates to the 2019/20 academic year. In accordance with University Terms and Conditions, the University makes all reasonable efforts to deliver the modules as described. Modules may be amended on an annual basis to take account of changing staff expertise, developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback. Module information for the 2020/21 entry will be published here in early-April 2019. Queries about information in the Module Catalogue should in the first instance be addressed to your School Office.