TCP1025 : Social Worlds

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


1. To introduce students to the key concepts and issues affecting social, economic and political change in society as a foundation for future study.

2. To challenge and encourage students to recognise the various perspectives found in society.

This module aims to introduce students to a range of key concepts and issues influencing social, economic and political change in society. It also introduces students to the pervading and new inequalities within society, both in the global north and south. This will act as the foundation for further study throughout the degree course and equip students with a knowledge base from which to analyse ongoing societal change.

Outline Of Syllabus

Introduction + why we study society
Gender and sexuality
Race and Ethnicity
Perspectives from the global south
Poverty and the welfare system
Social exclusion
Social justice
Social capital
Government and politics
The economy and regions
Cities and control

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion154:0054:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture162:0032:00This may include some media screenings and discussions.
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading152:3052:30N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching51:307:30Small group discussion following directed viewing and reading
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery22:004:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study150:0050:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The module is designed so that students receive an introduction to key thinking and concepts affecting societal change through being exposed and introduced to a range of information sources (lecture, film and documentary, directed reading discussions). The sessions will provide students with an intensive grounding and basis for continued learning. Drop-in surgery will be available to students on request.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination601A50Take away exam. Students have one week to complete the exam and submit at the School Office.
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report1M50Group report (1,500 words) summarising findings of directed reading and discussions sessions on a series of societal challenges.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Take away exam paper: to be released at 0900 on a Monday in the January assessment period and submitted via Turnitin by 1600 on the Friday of the same week.

Group report promotes group interaction, discussion and written synthesis of key issues. Exam tests individual knowledge of a key issue and its (emerging) impacts and responses by policymakers and society.

Reading Lists