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SOC1033 : Understanding Everyday Life

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Audrey Verma
  • Lecturer: Dr Mark Casey
  • Owning School: Geography, Politics & Sociology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System


This module introduces students to the world of everyday life and regards this important dimension of human experience as both a topic and a field of sociological inquiry. The module encourages students to make sociological sense of ‘ordinary’ situations, people, events, things and practices, and to question and investigate the ‘taken-for-grantedness’ of our everyday lives and encounters.
The module incorporates:
(a) an introduction to understanding how the mundane, micro-level activities and experiences of everyday life in everyday settings are implicated in processes of social change and transformation; in the construction and reconstruction of social order and structure; and in relationships of power, resistance and conflict;
(b) an introduction to methodological ways of exploring everyday life;
(c) an introduction to key tools of primary and secondary data collection;
(e) an introduction to the use of empirical data and research findings to investigate and evaluate conceptual understandings of everyday life.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module will introduce social scientific concepts relevant to the study of everyday life and link these to examples that can be observed in everyday life, for example, in media, lived experience, and material culture.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture62:0012:00PIP
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading1137:00137:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching61:006:00PIP, timetabled seminars
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops41:004:00Live online, timetabled workshops.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork25:3011:002 x fieldtrip within the UK
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Live online workshops will benefit student assessment development, discussion of how to approach assessments/assessment.

PIP seminars provide a forum for reflecting on, evaluating and critically debating e.g. journal articles, news reports or a programme relevant to the particular topic. Students will be directed toward particular readings.

PIP lectures will introduce students to ideas and academic debate in relation to the topics that underpin the module.

Fieldtrip - the fieldtrip allows students to bring together and explore the module's themes.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise2M40Assessment one is a Conceptual Review of 1,500 words worth 40% of module mark.
Case study2M60Assessment two will be a Critical Case Study of 2,000 words.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Conceptual Review: The Conceptual Review will require students to undertake a review of a particular concept used within the module to 1,500 words.

Critical Case Study: This 2,000 word assessment will require students to pick their own case study drawing on ideas and examples developed across the module.

Reading Lists