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Year 1 Programme Handbook 2016-17

Year 2 Programme Handbook 2016-17

Sociology 1 consists of two half-courses, Sociology 1A (taught in the first semester), and Sociology 1B (taught in the second semester). Sociology students must take both courses.

Sociology 1A: The Sociological Imagination: Individuals and Society 

There will be two lectures a week on Tuesdays and Fridays in weeks 1-10 of Semester 1 from 2.10 - 3.00 p.m. in George Square Lecture Theatre.

Co-Course Organiser: Dr Lisa McCormick
Room 6.29, Chrystal Macmillan Building
Tel.  (0131 6)50 6642
lisa.mccormick@ed.ac.uk    
Office Hours (Semesters): Tuesdays 10am-12noon  

Co-Course Organiser: Dr Angelica Thumala
Room 5.12, Chrystal Macmillan Building
Tel. (0131 6)51 1385
angelica.thumala@ed.ac.uk
Office Hours (Semesters): Wednesdays 14.00-16.00

Course Administrator - Joanne Blair
Room G.04/G.05, Chrystal Macmillan Building
Tel. (0131 6)50  4457
joanne.blair@ed.ac.uk

Sociology 1A Handbook 2016-2017

This course is designed to introduce you to some of the key ideas of the discipline of sociology by examining the relationship between the individual and society. The course explores how wider social processes shape individual lives and how changes that occur around us influence our sense of self. The course therefore stresses the importance of sociological perspectives oriented around understanding the role of concepts such as social order and social change. The course also investigates how these perspectives aid our understanding of issues such as digital culture and nationalism and their impact upon social relations.

Sociology 1B: The Sociological Imagination: Private Troubles, Public Problems

There will be two lectures a week on Tuesdays and Fridays in weeks 1-10 of Semester 2 from 2 - 2.50 p.m. in George Square Lecture Theatre.

Course Organiser: Dr Karen Gregory

Room 6.23, Chrystal Macmillan Building
Tel. (0131 6)51  1334
K.Gregory@ed.ac.uk    
Office Hours (Semesters): Wednesdays 11.00-1.00

Co-Course Organiser: Dr Angelica Thumala
Room 5.12, Chrystal Macmillan Building
Tel. (0131 6)51 1385
angelica.thumala@ed.ac.uk
Office Hours (Semesters): Wednesdays 14.00-16.00

Course Administrator - Joanne Blair 
Room G.04/G.05, Chrystal Macmillan Building
Tel. (0131 6)50 4457
joanne.blair@ed.ac.uk
Sociology 1B Handbook 2016-2017

This course is designed to explore sociological thinking with regard to a number of issues of contemporary concern in modern society. It examines basic sociological assumptions explaining the different forces that shape our lives and revealing the complex relationships between the individual and society, between private issues and public problems.  Topics include the role of power in society, self and identity, the sociology of the body, the relationship between finance and society, and emerging forms of inequality.

Entry conditions

No prior knowledge of Sociology required. Students may do 1A or 1B as self standing courses but all sociology students must take both courses.

Sociology 2A: Thinking Sociologically

There will be two lectures a week on Mondays and Thursdays in weeks 1-10 of Semester 1 from 2.10 - 3.00 p.m. in Teviot Lecture Theatre.

Course Organiser: Hugo Gorringe
Room 1.02, 22 George Square
Tel. (0131 6)50-3940
h.Gorringe@ed.ac.uk    

Office Hours (Semesters) Tuesdays 15:00 - 17:00

Course Secretary - Emma Thomson
Room G04/05 Ground Floor, Chrystal Macmillan Building
Tel. (0131 6)  50 3932
emma.thomson@ed.ac.uk

Sociology 2A Handbook 2017-2018

This course looks to introduce you to some of the key theoretical approaches in the discipline. It is broadly focused around questions of social change and the interplay between structure and agency in the contemporary world. It considers the significance of issues of agency, social stratification and social change in contemporary social life, and raises searching questions about how we should understand the world around us.  Most themes are based on UK material, but there is also a strong emphasis on processes of globalisation meaning that material from elsewhere in Europe, Asia and North America is also used to illustrate key debates.

The course builds on some of what you have learnt in Sociology 1a and 1b, acts as a preparation for Sociology Honours, and serves as a course complete in itself for those who will not be taking any more Sociology undergraduate courses in Edinburgh.

NB this is only a half-course. To make a full course equivalent you will need to take another half-course. Those intending to proceed to Sociology Honours must take Sociology 2b: Researching Social Life (SCIL08013) in Semester 2. If in doubt check your degree curriculum!

Entry Conditions

Students MUST have passed Sociology 1A OR Sociology 1B

Student Workload
Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 22, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 11, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 163)

Sociology 2B: Researching Social Life

There will be two lectures a week on Mondays and Thursdays in weeks 1-10 of Semester 2 from 2.10 - 3.00 p.m. in David Hume Tower, Lecture Hall B.

Course Organiser: Sophia Woodman
Room 3.09, 18 Bucchleuch Place
Tel. (0131 6)51 4745
sophia.woodman@ed.ac.uk

Course Secretary - Emma Thomson
Tel. (0131 6)50 4457
emma.thomson@ed.ac.uk

Sociology 2B Handbook 2016-2017 

In this course we introduce the various ways that sociologists do the research that lies behind most sociological ideas. In other words, we look critically at the various ways sociological evidence can be produced. We do this in the context of in-depth study of some key areas of sociological interest such as health and illness, nationalism and national identities, and globalization. The course will deepen students' understanding of these topics while at the same time using them to exemplify how sociologists do research and the key concepts and debates that relate to this research process. As well as helping students to prepare for doing their own research at Honours level, the course will also help them evaluate evidence they encounter in non-academic sources such as politics and the media.

Student Workload

One essay, a tutorial participation component and a degree examination in December. In order to pass Sociology 2 you must achieve an overall mark of at least 40%. You must also achieve a mark of at least 40% in the exam. In order to proceed to Sociology Honours, a mark of at least 50% overall must be achieved.

Students should also refer to the School's Handbook for courses in Years 1 and 2 for further guidance.

Fundamentals: Developing Sociological Imagination

The course meets every Tuesday at 15.10 in rooms M2A/M2B in Appleton Tower. Most sessions conclude at 16.00.

Course Organiser - Angelica Thumala
Tel: (0131 6) 50 6631
Course Secretary - Joanne Blair
Room G04/05 Ground Floor, Chrystal Macmillan Building
Tel. (0131 6)50 3932

Fundamentals 1 Handbook 2016-2017

This course is provided exclusively for year 1 students who are taking a Sociology degree programme (single or combined honours) or a degree in Sustainable Development with Sociology as their main subject. It helps develop the necessary academic skills and knowledge for studying sociology at university and will also help you to acquire skills that are transferable beyond university and potentially useful for your future careers. But, just as importantly, the course aims to encourage you to take enjoyment in sociological ideas and see their relevance to everyday life.

Entry conditions

This course is compulsory for any year 1 student whose main degree is Sociology or Sustainable Development with Sociology as the main subject. Students must pass the course in order to proceed to year 2 of the degree programme. This course is not available to outside students.

Student workload

Students are expected to attend and maintain a reflective blog about the sessions. In the second semester students maintain an online sociological diary applying their learning to their everyday experiences.

Fundamentals 2: Sociology

There will be one session every two weeks from 9am -10.50am.

Course Organiser - Dr Niamh Moore
Tel: (0131 6) 50 8260

niamh.moore@ed.ac.uk

Course Secretary - Joanne Blair
Room G04/05 Ground Floor, Chrystal Macmillan Building
Tel. (0131 6)50 3932

Fundamentals 2 Handbook 2016-17

This course is provided exclusively for year 2 students who are taking a Sociology degree programme (single or combined honours) or a degree in Sustainable Development with Sociology as their main subject. It is an interactive course where students meet in small-groups and become active participants in each session through discussion, activities and problem-solving. It will build on Fundamentals 1 by continuing to develop the necessary academic skills and knowledge for studying sociology at university and will also help you to acquire skills that are transferable beyond university and potentially useful for your future careers. But, just as importantly, the course aims to encourage you to take enjoyment in sociological ideas and see their relevance to everyday life.

Entry conditions

No prior knowledge of Sociology required. This course is compulsory for any student whose main degree is Sociology or Sustainable Development. Students must pass the course in order to proceed with the degree programme. This course is not available to outside students.

Student workload

Students are expected to attend the sessions and maintain a sociological blog throughout the year.

Erasmus Exchanges in Copenhagen and Bremen

Joint and single honours Sociology students in second year may apply to spend their third year at the University of Copenhagen or Jacobs University in Bremen under the Erasmus+ exchange scheme. This is an ideal opportunity to study abroad at a leading university which is host to many international students. Many courses at Copenhagen are offered in English, and all the courses at Jacobs University are taught in English.

You can find out more about exchanges here, including guidance on how to apply by clicking here

More about the University of Copenhagen here

More about Jacobs University here

If you would like further information, please contact Steve Kemp (s.kemp@ed.ac.uk).  The deadline for applications for an exchange in the 2016-17 academic year is 5pm on November 27th 2015.

Erasmus activities are carried out with the support of the European Commission within the framework of the Erasmus+ Programme.

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