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Subject details

  • Topics
    • Sociological thinking
    • Applied Sociology
    • Theory and method
    • Culture and everyday life
    • Media
    • Politics
    • Policy and public life
    • Economy and society
    • Gender
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online Quizzes/Tests
      • Online assignment submission
      • Standard Media
    • Online Materials
      • Resources and Links

At the completion of this subject students will obtain:

  1. a solid understanding of the ambit of sociology and its various methodologies
  2. an understanding of the complex nature of contemporary society and the issues surrounding various classifications such as traditional, modern and postmodern, as well as more specific approaches such as work-society, individualised society, risk society
  3. a consolidation of knowledge acquired in previous studies in Sociology
  4. an acquisition of theoretical and empirical knowledge in Sociology that will serve as a foundation for Honours in Sociology.
  • Assignment 1 - Assignment 1 (30%)
  • Assignment 2 - Assignment 2 (40%)
  • Assignment 3 - Participation (30%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

Entry Requirements

Equivalent Subjects

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • MAQ-SGY370

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject was previously known as SGY370 Understanding Contemporary Societies.

Understanding Contemporary Societies offers students the opportunity to integrate and expand their sociological knowledge towards the end of their undergraduate degree. Students will gain an advanced understanding of sociological theories and concepts from across the discipline. Engaging with  theoretical and empirical approaches will equip students with refined sociological skills that will enable them to critically analyse and understand contemporary societies.

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