QMU-Undergraduate-Prospectus- UG Prospectus 2019 - Page 132

This is the first undergraduate public sociology degree in Scotland. It opens the door to a wide range of careers by enabling you to make sense of complex and challenging social issues. It offers a study abroad opportunity*. BSc/BSc (Hons) Public Sociology Public sociologists ask sceptical questions about the taken-for- granted nature of social inequalities and try to develop knowledge which can enhance the living conditions for the majority of people living within societies. Public sociology is a useful branch of the social sciences, not least in terms of the ways in which it encourages a sense of social responsibility among those who study the discipline. Such an endorsement of the acute sense of social responsibility that has underpinned the development of the discipline of sociology has inevitably informed the substance and structure of the course. On this course, students are encouraged to engage with a diversity of communities and to develop a sense of the ways in which a public sociological imagination can meaningfully intervene in real world political and social events. In a variety of modules, students are encouraged to reflect upon the ways in which sociological knowledge can effect real change in people’s everyday lives. You will find this course particularly suitable if you have an enquiring, questioning mind and you want to understand more about human societies, social problems, interactions and experiences. In Years One and Two you will study a range of modules which will provide you with a thorough grounding in the key concepts, theories and schools of thought in sociology, as well as some modules in psychology. You will develop a sound understanding of the historical development and contemporary applications of sociological knowledge. Specifically this will include how sociological knowledge can help us to make sense of the public issues and concerns which affect the communities within which we live, as well as understanding the philosophical debates that underpin sociological interpretations of the world around us. In addition, considerable emphasis is placed on enhancing a wide range of transferable skills, paying particular attention to improving your interpersonal and presentation skills, effective reading and writing, analytical thinking and critical reflection, as well as a sustained focus on the development of your research skills. Years Three and Four are designed to enable you to develop in-depth understanding of a broad range of substantive debates within the discipline of sociology, eg you will refine your knowledge of sociological theory, research design and implementation, social movements and global change, sociologies of gender and sexuality, sociologies of liberation, and social policy and politics. Working closely with a member of academic staff, you will conduct your own independent research project in Year Four, in which you will be encouraged to bring together your knowledge of sociological theories and concepts, as well as refining your research skills. Your ability to understand the relationship between complex sociological theory, practical research and contemporary public issues and concerns will certainly enhance your employability on completion of this course. *Subject to availability 130 Structure You can opt to study for an honours degree over four years or an ordinary degree over three years. You will complete a range of modules each year as outlined. Teaching, learning and assessment Please see the course entry on our website (see URL on opposite page) for full details of the learning, teaching and assessment activities for this course. Also check out the ‘How we teach and how you’ll learn’ section on pages 8-11. Year One mod [\’[X[ۈXY[ZXH B[X[[XY[][ۋ[][ۜقXK[X[ۈXK‘]\]KY[]H [Z[Y]›و[\Y][ۂYX\[[\”X[[]Z\H8$[H \Yۋ”X[ ][Y[[XK”XX[]\XKX[ۈ ۜ[\[ۈو[\K[YY[BYX\YH[[\\[X]\[[K[BوX\][ۋ[\X[ۈ X[ܙ\”ݙ\H[X[^\[ۋX[\X\8$[ܞH XXK[[•ܛX[[ݙ[Y[ ؘ[[