Sociology In Action: From Social Justice To Social Media
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- 31 Jul 2023
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1. Apply sociological theories, concepts and evidence to the analysis of social change.
2. Critically evaluate diverse sociological evidence, positions and arguments.
3. Present a complex sustained written argument exploring a contemporary social issue from a sociological perspective.
- • Youth cultures and intergenerational conflict.
- • Social justice and inequalities.
- • Health and wellbeing.
- • Technology and society.
- • Work and labour.
- • Identity, inclusion, and belonging.
- • Global crises and social movements.
- • (Ethical) consumption and lifestyles.
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Rapid social change in recent years has transformed the lives of young people. This subject explores the social forces that are reshaping how we live, work, consume, and relate, and how we might meaningfully respond to these changes in pursuit of more social justice and inclusion. Specifically, we will explore how sociologists apply their insights to a range of everyday settings. How do sociologists work to create solutions to some of the most pressing challenges facing young people today, such as: homelessness and poverty; persistent gendered and racialized inequalities; the mental health crisis among young people; algorithmic bias and misinformation on social media; insecure work and exploitation in the workplace; and fostering sustainable, liveable worlds? Each week we will explore how sociologists tackle these fundamental real-world problems of identity, belonging, security, and care. A key skill for sociologists is to communicate their research in accessible and engaging ways. Students will be tasked with creatively responding to contemporary social issues of their choosing and communicating research findings to a range of stakeholders. This subject is suitable as an elective for all students.
- Research Report (800 words) (20%)
- Online/tutorial activities (1200 words) (30%)
- Major research project (2200 words) (50%)
Current study term: 30 Jul 23 to 27 Oct 23
Textbook information is pending.