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Introduction to Social Science

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Introduction to Social Science will focus your studies on contemporary society.

We will look at the media and how they impact on different groups in society, the changing cultures within our society and the participation and relationship society has to politics.

The course is a 20 credit module on the Pathway to a degree in Social Science. Study skills will be a particular focus this term so that you are confident and ready to move on to the next course on the pathway if you choose to undertake it.

This course is also an optional module on the Pathway to a degree in Healthcare.

Learning and teaching

The course will be taught weekly and there will be two Saturday Schools. There will be 40 contact hours.

You will also be asked to do reading and research tasks to prepare for class and for your assignments.

The teaching/learning strategy for this module will have an emphasis on ‘active learning’ for the learner in developing an understanding of the subject matter and its relevance to society.

Coursework and assessment

To award credits we need to have evidence of the knowledge and skills you have gained or improved.

Time will be given in class to prepare to write an 800 word essay (this mark does not count towards the final mark for the module). This will give you some practice at essay writing before you submit your coursework assignment.

The module will be assessed on an essay of 2000 words and an in-class test. Each assessment will be worth 50% of the overall mark.

Reading suggestions

You will be a member of the university library and have access to all these texts

  • Fulcher, J. and Scott, J. (2011) Sociology (4th Edition). Oxford: Oxford University Press
  • Macionis,J. & Plummer,K. (2005) Sociology: A Global Introduction (3rd edition) London: Prentice Hall

Library and computing facilities

As a student on this course you are entitled to join and use the University’s library and computing facilities. Find out more about using these facilities.


Our aim is access for all. We aim to provide a confidential advice and support service for any student with a long term medical condition, disability or specific learning difficulty. We are able to offer one-to-one advice about disability, pre-enrolment visits, liaison with tutors and co-ordinating lecturers, material in alternative formats, arrangements for accessible courses, assessment arrangements, loan equipment and dyslexia screening.