Social Sciences – Understanding the Social World
|Two sessions per week over one academic semester. Online.||S6|
About this course
About this course
The module introduces pupils to the idea that the social world can be studied and how they can begin to think sociologically. The module provides students, at an introductory level, with a brief account of how sociology developed. This precedes an introduction to key sociological terms, concepts and schools of thought. The key terms, concepts and schools of thought are illustrated by asking and attempting to answer a range sociological questions, such as: What is human nature?; How are identities constructed and performed?; How do we learn to be human?; How is social order maintained? Sociological thinking is then applied to the module topics: social construction of gender and sexuality; urbanisation; consumer society; individual and collective resistance; and deviance and crime, emotions and body image.
In addition, the module develops academic study skills through feedback on written tasks using sociological topics as the basis. It develops the ability to locate, collect, interpret, evaluate and use information to develop a coherent argument and to write in the appropriate academic style.
The first two weeks introduces students to what makes sociology a distinctive way of thinking about human existence and the sociological imagination. The following weeks introduces key sociological terms, concepts and schools of thought by asking sociological questions about the nature of human society, identities
and relationships. Students will then be asked to apply sociological terms, concepts and perspectives to a range of topics through which students will be encouraged to thinking sociologically.
What is Sociology?
• The Sociological Imagination
• Nature versus Nurture
• Our Social Selves: Socialisation, Learned Behaviour and Emotions
• Social Interaction and Identity
• Social Construction of Gender and Sexuality
• Living in Cities: Urbanisation and Globalisation
• Organisations – Weber and Foucault
• Conformity and Resistance
• Deviance and Crime
Open to S6 pupils only. You must have 3 Highers at C pass or above, one of which must be English. You will be invited to attend an interview with a member of College staff.
While this module lends itself particularly to Health, Social Work and/ or Education based areas of work or study in particular, it should also be viewed from a study skills perspective. Not only will pupils be readying themselves for first year university study, they will also be learning how to learn online and this is very much a growing area of current higher education.