Sociology Undergraduate Subject Brochure 2013

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Sociology

Undergraduate Subject Brochure 201
3



Inside Front Cover

Key
i
nformation



UCAS Code

Typical Offer

BA
/BSc

Single Honours



Sociology

L300

A
A
B
-
A
BB; IB: 3
4
-
32

Sociology with Study Abroad

L302

A
A
B
-
A
BB; IB: 3
4
-
32







BA Combined Honours



Philosophy and Sociology/with Study Abroad

VL53/VL5H

AAB
-
ABB; IB: 34
-
32

Politics and Sociology/with Study Abroad

LLH2/LL23

A
AA
-
A
BB; IB: 3
6
-
3
2

Sociology and Anthropology

L3L6

AAA
-
AAB; IB: 36
-
34

Sociology and French

LR31

A
A
B
-
A
BB;
IB: 3
4
-
32

Sociology and German

LR32

A
A
B
-
A
BB; IB: 3
4
-
32

Sociology and Italian

LR33

A
A
B
-
A
BB; IB: 3
4
-
32

Sociology and Russian

LR37

A
A
B
-
A
BB; IB: 3
4
-
32

Sociology and Spanish

LR34

A
A
B
-
A
BB; IB: 3
4
-
32

Flexible Combined Honours/with Study
or Work
Abroad

Y004/Y006

A
*
AA
-
AAB; IB: 3
8
-
34

Flexible Combined Honours with UK Work
Experience

Y007

A
*
AA
-
AAB; IB: 3
8
-
34


For further details on all our entry requirements, please see our Sociology pages at
www.exeter.ac.uk/undergraduate/degrees/sociology



Streatham
Campus, Exeter

Website:

www.exeter.ac.uk/sociology

Email:

ssis
-
ugadmissions@exeter.ac.uk

Phone:

+44 (0)1392 723192




Page 1

Why study Sociology at Exeter?




6th in the UK for world leading and internationally recognised research
1




92% for Overall
Satisfaction in Sociology in the National Student Survey (2011)



Top 10 for

Sociology in the UK in
The Guardian
and

The

Sunday Times
university guides
2012



BA/BSc pathways depending on your interests and career aspirations



Opportunities to take modules outside Sociology to develop proficiency in language, business or
to
expand your horizons



Choose
to study abroad in Europe, USA, Australia and elsewhere



Wide choice of research
-
led options including sociology of music, addicti
on,
consumerism
, sport,
warfare, crime, technology, and media

1

RAE 2008 based on the percentage of research categorised as 4* and 3*. Philosophy at Exeter is included in the u
nit of assessment for
Sociology

Sociology is a fascinating subject providing a critical understanding of all aspects of society and social life.

In
studying Sociology you’ll develop an understanding of the contemporary world, human behaviour and the forces
shaping society. You’ll examine

social, political, historical, cultural and economic issues and study topics as
diverse as class and social inequality, health and disability, globalisation, crime, countercultures, family life,
gender and the development of cities.

Sociology is particula
rly concerned with social transformation and
explores how societies are formed, develop and may change in the future.


At Exeter

we have a distinctive focus on cultural
s
ociology
, and offer modules on topics such as the
s
ociology
of
music, sport, warfare,
religion, science and technology, health,
crime
and the media. We also have growing
expertise in
a
nthropology
with
groundbreaking

new modules covering issues such as addiction, the use of
natural resources and human/animal interactions.



Your degree wi
ll provide you with the insight into contemporary society, practical and transferable skills sought
after by major employers and relevant to a wide range of careers in the private, public and third sectors
including business, journalism, marketing, social
research, teaching, retailing, human resources, overseas
development, government and the civil service.


Sociology is taught and studied in the
d
epartment of Sociology and Philosophy
. The department is also home
to Anthropology,
the study of
human culture

which

aims to answer fundamental questions abo
ut our past,
present and future. The close relationship between these three subjects

is indicative of
the

interdisciplinary
focus in which Sociology can be studied either
as

Single Honours, or in combination wi
th
several

other arts
and social science subjects, including Philosophy and Anthropology. The department is a small
,

ambitious and

highly successful unit

and

y
ou’ll benefit from a friendly atmosphere and exposure to the latest
inspirational
advances in soc
ial science research.


.


Our academic staff have a wide range of research interests in sociology, anthropology and philosophy. Our
research was ranked 6th in the UK in the latest Research Assessment Exercise (2008)

and
is particularly noted
for the

contributions it makes to the sociology and anthropology of culture (science and technology, religion, the
arts, sport and the military)

and
the sociology of knowledge and social theory. As an undergraduate you’ll
benefit from this research culture as your teachers will be contributing to current debates, giving you access to
the latest thinking and resources.


Our undergraduates have established a
popular S
ociology
S
ociety which meets several times a year and
organises a seminar series with members of staff to provide an arena outside the formal teaching structure in
which staff and students can discuss sociolog
ical issues.



“The time taken by individual lecturers on a one
-
to
-
one basis has made a remarkable difference to my learning,
and has enhanced the experience of my first year at university. The enthusiasm of individual lecturers has
made all the differe
nce.”


“Being heavily involved in RAG and a sports society, it

s sometimes challenging to balance all areas equally.
However, with the encouragement of fellow students and staff it

s made possible. Opportunities are endless at
Exeter and through studying a

new subject I

ve found academia captivating and am very much enjoying my
degree
.”


“The ‘imagination project’ towards the end of the
programme
was an eye opener as we were able to analyse an
artefact which, as well as being universally recognised and hist
oric, was found to be still as relevant as it was in
ancient Egypt. The symbolism behind the artefact had not lost its significance as it expressed societ
y’s

increasing individualism and attitude change.


Undergraduate
s

in Sociology


“The department offers

an exciting choice of options which allows you to tailor your degree to what interests you
most, making it an enjoyable and stimulating experience. Indeed, I

ve become passionate about my subject. I

ve
also acquired a range of transferable skills suited t
o many different career paths. A mixture of coursework,
formal exams, presentations, group work and independent study offers opportunities to succeed whatever your
preferred style. I feel privileged to be studying Sociology in Exeter and I wouldn

t want to

be anywhere else!”

Laura Brown, 3rd year BA Sociology



“Exeter offers a wide range of interesting modules in Sociology and they complement each other very well.

The
Sociology department also includes anthropology, which means I’ve had the chance to stud
y both subjects over
my three years here
.

A lot of the lecturers are very passionate about their subjects and that comes out in the
teaching. The lectures are very helpful for general overviews of the topics and seminars are great to discuss
and clarify to
pics and develop my own arguments.”

Ruth Jenkins, 3rd Year Sociology



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4

Degree programmes


O
ur undergraduate degree programmes provide an overview of very different types of societies and enable you
to study some aspects of these societies in
depth. We

ll help you become an independent learner and develop
sociologically informed judgements.

Our programmes are demanding and encourage initiative and open
-
mindedness, ensuring that you’ll be well equipped with a range of academic, personal and prof
essional skills.
You’ll develop the ability to undertake independent research and work to deadlines; digest, select and organise
material for written work and oral presentations; critically reflect on and evaluate your own and others’ work;
understand, ass
imilate and evaluate complex arguments and ideas; work with others as part of a team; and to
think and write clearly about broad themes.


In your core modules you will learn to use logical and systematic methods of analysis to reveal patterns of
social act
ion. These will include qualitative research methods such as conducting interviews, focus groups and
visual analysis; learning how to design your own research projects; and obtaining an overview of the use and
interpretation of quantitative data. Each year

depending on your degree programme, you may elect to take
options outside of Sociology, for example to develop skills attractive to employers such as language proficiency;
to examine an issue you’ve covered in one of your Sociology modules from a differen
t disciplinary perspective;
or to widen your horizons and challenge yourself intellectually.


Sociology can be studied in combination with other subjects in a range of Combined Honours degree
programmes or as a Single Honours degree

as a BA or BSc
.


How
your degree is structured

D
egrees are divided into core and optional modules, giv
ing

you the flexibility to structure your degree according
to your specific interests. Individual modules are worth 15 or 30 credits each

and f
ull
-
time undergraduates need
to take 120 credits in each year. Within Sociology, in addition to the core modules, you can choose from an
extensive range of options in all three years, a few examples of which are shown
later in

this brochure.


For up
-
to
-
dat
e details of all our programmes and modules, please check
www.exeter.ac.uk/sociology



Single Honours


Our flexible Single Honours programme gives you the opportunity to study for a BA or BSc depending on your
particular interests. Our new BSc pathway is p
articularly suitable if you are interested in developing a career in
the public sector, policy development or any research
-
based career such as journalism or
social research
. With
a focus on the key issues and problems facing contemporary society, it will
provide you with proficiency in the
types of research and analysis skills which are
relevant

to these types of professions. Our popular BA
programme has a strong focus on cultural sociology, and will equip you with a range of transferrable skills and
knowl
edge suitable for a broad spectrum of careers.


BSc Sociology


The programme is specially designed to help you develop an understanding of how societies, institutions and
practices came into being, how they work and might change in the future. This highly

relevant degree is
particularly concerned with social transformation and in developing an insight into the major challenges facing
contemporary society

with a particular focus on crime and deviance
.

You’ll learn
a variety of techniques used in
sociological resear
ch including observation, field

work, focus groups and the use of quantitative data.


Year 1

Your first year will give you an excellent grounding in the theories and application of sociology with a particular
focus on the issues faci
ng the contemporary world such as social inequality, crime, deviance, migration and
globalisation
.



Year 2

In your second year

you will develop the skills used by sociologists to understand how societies operate
.
In
addition
to gaining hands
-
on experi
ence of

designing your own research project

and collating primary evidence
,
you’ll practise the techniques used in ethnography and explore case studies on
topics as varied as Second Life
and
the British
indie
music scene. You’ll also be

able to choose from

a wide range of options covering issue
s
such as childhood, addiction
, gender, consumerism,
the Holocaust,
warfare and

religion.


Year 3

The centre
-
point of the final year is the compulsory dissertation

which may
draw on empirical data or your own
original

field

work
. This module provides you with the opportunity to explore an area of interest and to
demonstrate what you have learned over the previous three years. In addition, you will take up to three other
specialist modules to create a programme of work
which reflects your interests.



BA Sociology


This degree is designed to introduce you to the sociological ways of investigating the world
in which we live
.

Core modules cover the history and development of sociological theory

and the skills and techniques employed
in sociological research
. You will
also
develop a critical understanding of the rise and transformation of modern
societies,

with a particular focus on the last three decades
,
considering
issues such as globalisation
, migration
and class.



Year 1

The first year provides the
foundational knowledge and theoretical framework for your degree
.
You’ll learn how
sociologists study human society and the challenges they face by examining the work of sociologists on topics
as
diverse as street corner culture in Chicago, Stonehenge and mental illness in Ireland. You
will
also develop

skills in formulating and d
ebating an argument for example

through project work examining the social
significance of
material objects
.


Year 2

You
’ll be required to take compulsory modules in theory and method which build upon the first year and are
intended to equip you with the expertise to take specialist options during your degree. You will be able to
choose from a wide range of
Sociology
options covering topics such as
diverse as
counter cultures,
music, city
life, health, media
, warfare

and cyborg studies.


Year 3

The centre
-
point of the final year is the compulsory dissertation. This module provides you with the opportunity
to explore an

area of interest and to demonstrate what you have learnt over the previous three years. In
addition, you will take up to three other specialist modules to create a programme of work which reflects your
interests.



Combined Honours Degrees


BA Archaeology

and Anthropology


Archaeology and Anthropology are two closely linked subjects and this Combined Honours degree gives you
the opportunity to study the considerable common ground between them.

Exploring people and society in the
past as well as the present
, you will engage with ethnographic studies of cultures around the world, explore
themes such as human evolution, sexuality, art, death and war and will have the chance to study human
remains.


Archaeology will teach you about different archaeological tech
niques, the chronology of archaeological periods
and the main themes in archaeology from pre
-
history to the end of the Middle Ages.


Anthropology is closely related to
s
ociology
and our development of this degree reflects our long standing
specialism in culture and qualitative methods. Traditionally, anthropology focused on the study of tribal peoples
but increasingly anthropology has sought to apply its distinctive insights to th
e problems of modern living.
Anthropologists today are as interested in the practices of bureaucrats in Brussels as the ritual ceremonies of
native Amazonians. The programme will provide an insight into these very different human cultures, introducing
you

to a dynamic discipline adapting in the face of


and trying to explain


global changes.


For further details about this programme and module choices, please
check

www.exeter.ac.uk/
sociology


BA Philosophy and Sociology


Studying Philosophy and Sociology
brings to life the range of intellectual thought and social diversity associated
with important contemporary issues.
The two disciplines complement each other in the understanding of human
life. You’ll take the core modules in sociology and philosophy in o
rder to gain the foundations of these two
disciplines. This programme will enable you to learn and apply analytical
-
philosophical skills to the study of a
variety of older and newer sociological questions, as well as many contemporary social processes.


Fu
ll details of Philosophy modules can be found at
www.exeter.ac.uk/philosophy


BA Politics and Sociology


Students on this programme take the core modules in politics and sociology in order to gain the foundations of
these two disciplines. Opportunities for studying optional modules are also available and you’ll be free to take
any module on either side of the

programme which interests you. In the final year, you’ll take a dissertation in
either sociology or politics, depending on your own area of interest.


Full details of Politics modules can be found at
www.exeter.ac.uk/politics


BA Sociology and
Anthropology


By studying Anthropology alongside Sociology, you can fully explore how relevant the discipline is for the study
of our globalised world. Sociology aims to provide a critical understanding of society by examining a wide range
of social activi
ties from intimate personal relations to the apparently faceless operation of state bureaucracies.
You will examine social, political, historical, cultural and economic issues and social groups such as families,
companies, churches, crowds and political pa
rties. Our Sociology modules cover diverse subjects including
sport, music, media, cyborg studies and technology.


Anthropology’s comparative outlook and concern with cultural difference complements sociologists’ interest in
the formation of social groups
and the role of shared understanding in coordinating the actions of their
members. Anthropology traditionally focused on the study of small
-
scale and pre
-
industrial societies but
increasingly it has applied its distinctive insights to the problems of moder
n living. Anthropologists today are as
interested in the practices of multinational companies and the impact of natural resource exploitation on local
communities as in the rituals and ceremonies of native Amazonians.


Studying Anthropology with Sociology
will equip you with a full range of critical analytical perspectives as well
as research methods to start your own exploration of the nature and complexity of human social life.

You’ll
study core modules from both disciplines, and be able to choose from an

excitingly diverse array of optional
modules in
your second and final years

as well as undertaking a dissertation focused on either discipline.


Full details
about Anthropology

can be found at
www.exeter.ac.uk/
anthropology


BA Sociology and French/German/
Italian/Russian/Spanish


These programmes give you a wonderful opportunity to combine the challenge of exploring Sociology with a
language.
Your third year will normally be spent studying abroad, developing your language skills. Italian,
Russian and Spanish can be studied as a beginner, in which case you spend more time studying language in
the first year. Remaining credits can be gained from
a variety of Sociology module topics.


Full details of the Modern Languages modules can be found at
www.exeter.ac.uk/languages


Flexible Combined Honours


This innovative Combined Honours scheme enables you to combine modules from a number of different f
ields
of study not otherwise available through an existing Combined Honours programme. You can combine
Sociology with up to two other subjects from an extensive list of subjects. Throughout your degree you will be
given regular support to help you choose t
he most appropriate pathway for you. Further information and the full
list of available subjects can be found at
www.exeter.ac.uk/fch


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Learning and teaching


We convey sociology as a dynamic and reflexive mo
de of social scientific inquiry,

in order
to impart knowledge
and understanding of the nature, development and structure of contemporary societies,
and give an

in
-
depth
focus on the core features

of those societies
.

We
encourage independent study and assist the development of
sociologically
informed critical judgement.


You’ll learn through lectures, seminars and practical exercises, with an increasing emphasis on seminar
discussion and project work in the second and third years. You should expect around
10

contact hours per
week and will nee
d to
plan

additional hours of private study per module.
Y
our total workload
should

average
about 40 hours per week during term time.


You’ll have regular tutorials
where

you
’ll

meet to discuss oral and written assignments with your tutor, together
with a s
mall group of other students. These personal contacts are very important in developing staff
-
student
relations and for getting to know your fellow students. Our programmes help to develop skills and understanding
so that you can take increasing responsibil
ity for your learning in more specialised seminar
-
based modules.


You’ll be expected to develop good organisational and time management skills and we’ll help you acquire
further employability skills (such as proficiencies in communication, research, presen
tation and IT). The
modules within our degree programmes are designed to train you to gather, select and organise material from a
variety of sources and evaluate its significance. We stress the importance of working flexibly and creatively with
others, eng
aging in rational debate, and exercising independent thought and judgement.


We’re actively engaged in introducing new methods of learning and teaching, including increasing use of
interactive computer
-
based approaches to learning through our virtual learn
ing environment where the details of
all modules are stored in an easily navigable website.
You

can access detailed information about modules and
learning outcomes and interact through activities such as the discussion forums.


The Student
-
Staff Liaison Co
mmittee gives you the chance to discuss and review the degree programmes,
including existing and planned module content, through regular meetings with departmental staff.


Research
-
inspired

teaching

O
ur programmes are based on teaching

that is inspired by
research

and are designed to offer expertise within a
framework that brings out the skills of communication, analysis, information handling and interpretation of
evidence
,

which will
successfully
make you both a desirable employee and an informed and criti
cal citizen.

You’ll have the opportunity to work closely with academic staff
who are
at the cutting edge of research and
academic debate and
you’ll

benefit from an innovative curriculum
inspired

by leading research. All staff teach
third year options which

are linked to their own interests which include the study of culture, religion,
consumption, music, science and technology, sport and the armed forces.


Academic support

All students have a Personal Tutor who is available for advice and support throughout their studies.
There are
also a number of services on campus where you can get advice and information, including the Students’ Guild
Advice Unit. You can find
more

inform
ation about all the services in the University’s undergraduate prospectus
or online at
www.exeter.ac.uk/undergraduate


Study abroad

Studying for your degree at Exeter offers you the exciting possibility of spending up to one year abroad.
Last
year
Exeter’s

highly successful programme helped about 400 students study at one of our 180 partner
universities. You could learn a new language and experience different cultures, become more self
-
confident and
widen your circle of friends. You could get the chance to
specialise in areas that are not available at Exeter, and
when it comes to a career, your skills and knowledge of another country will prove invaluable to many
employers. This of course applies equally to overseas students coming to study abroad at Exeter.



If you take Sociology with a Modern Language, you will normally spend your third year abroad. Please check
the Modern Languages website for further details at
www.exeter.ac.uk/languages



For our other degree programmes, you may study for half a year at

a partner institution in Europe, North
America or Australia

or follow a four
-
year ‘with Study Abroad’ programme. You may apply directly for the four
-
year programmes or transfer from another programme once you are at Exeter. Full details of these schemes
a
nd of our partner institutions can be found on our website at

www.exeter.ac.uk/socialsciences/undergraduate/studyabroad


For
further details about study abroad

please check the International Office website at
www.exeter.ac.uk/international/study/erasmus


A
ssessment

We use diverse methods of assessment to support our emphasis on presentation, teamwork and
projects/dissertations, as well as essay writing and exams. The ratio of assessment by coursework to
assessment by exam varies according to which modules y
ou take, but on average is about 50:50. You must
pass your first year assessment in order to progress to the second year, but the results do not count towards
your degree classification. For three
-
year programmes, the assessments in the second and third ye
ars
contribute to your final degree classification. For four
-
year programmes the assessments in the second, third
and fourth years all contribute to your final degree classification.


For full details of the assessment criteria for each module, check the undergraduate section of our website at
www.exeter.ac.uk/sociology





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Careers


Your degree will provide you with the insight into contemporary society, practical and
transferable skills sought
after by major employers and relevant to a wide range of careers in the private, public and third sectors
including business, journalism, marketing, social research, teaching, retailing, human resources, overseas
development, gov
ernment and the civil service.


Our programmes give you an excellent all
-
round education, where you’ll learn to understand other people’s
points of view, to communicate your own position clearly and to argue effectively.
You’ll
develop a range of
practical

skills relating to the collation, analysis and presentation of information, which form the basis of many
careers

and build personal skills such as working effectively
independently and
within a team
.


Our programmes are demanding and encourage initiative
and open
-
mindedness, helping to ensure that you’ll
be well equipped with a range of academic, personal and professional skills, all of which will prepare you for
future employment or research in a wide variety of fields. Many of our graduates choose to fol
low their degree
with employment or further study in people
-
focused fields, whereas others choose to use their skills in business
or public sector administration.


Many students from the
d
epartment take part in the Exeter Award and the Exeter Leaders Award
. These
schemes encourage
you

to participate in employability related workshops, skills events, volunteering and
employment which will contribute to
your

career decision
-
making skills and success in the employment market.


Exeter has an excellent reputatio
n with graduate recruiters and our students and graduates compete very
successfully in the employment market. Many employers target the University when recruiting new graduates.


For further information
about what the Employability Service at Exeter offer
s,
please visit
www.exeter.ac.uk/undergraduate/employability


Examples of the destinations of our recent graduates
:


Occupations

Student Support Worker

Sales Manager

Marketing Assistant

Graduate Library Trainee

Audit Assistant

Legal Service Manager


Employers

National Centre for Young People with Epilepsy

Scholastic

Bodleian Libraries

National Skills Academy

KPMG


Examples of further study followed by our graduates:



MA Philosophy and Sociology of Science, University of Exeter


MA International Relat
ions, University of Exeter


MSc Genomics in Society, University of Exeter



MA Gender Studies, University College London


Graduate Diploma in Law, College of Law, Guildford



Entry requirements and applying


You can find a summary of our typical entry requ
irements on the inside front cover of this brochure.


The full and most up
-
to
-
date information about

Sociology

is on
the undergraduate website at
www.exeter.ac.uk/undergraduate/degrees
/
sociology

and we strongly advise that you check this before
attending an open day or making your application.

Some programmes require prior study of specific subjects
and may also have minimum grade requirements at GCSE or equivalent, particularly in English Langua
ge
and/or Mathematics.


We make every effort to ensure that the entry requirements are as up
-
to
-
date as possible in our printed
literature. However, since this is printed well in advance of the start of the admissions cycle, in some cases our
entry requirements and offers will ch
ange.


If you are an international student y
ou should consult our general and subject
-
specific entry requirements
information for A levels and the International Baccalaureate, but the University also recognises a wide range of
international qualifications
. You can find further information about academic and English language entry
requirements at
www.exeter.ac.uk/undergraduate/international


For information on the application, decision, offer and confirmation process, please visit
www.exeter.ac.uk/undergraduate/applications





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8


Module details


For up
-
to
-
date details of all our programmes and modules, please check
www.exeter.ac.uk/sociology


c = core

o = option


Year 1
core modules


BSc
Sociology

BA Sociology


Sociology and
Anthropology


Philosophy and
Sociology

Politics and
Sociology

Sociology and a
Modern Language

Imagining Social Worlds 1


c

c




Imagining Social Worlds
2


c

c




Introduction to Social Analysis

c

c

c

c

c

c

Introduction to Social
Anthropology



c




Sociology of Contemporary Society

c

c

c

c

c

c

Social Issues: Crime and Deviance

c






First year

modules in any subject

o

o







Year 2

core modules

BSc
Sociology

BA Sociology

Sociology and
Anthropology


Philosophy and
Sociology

Politics and
Sociology

Sociology and a
Modern Language

Ethnograph
y Now

c


c

o

o

o

Into the
Field

c

c

c

o

o

o

Knowing the Social World


c

c

o

o

o

Theoretical Sociology

c

c


o

o

o

Introduction to Qualitative Research

c



o

o

o






Year 3
core module


Dissertation


Year 2 and 3 optional modules

Globalisation

Illness, Bodies and Medicine in Contemporary Society

Knowledge, Power and Culture: Anthropology of Science and Technology

Media in Society

Ethnomusicology

New Capitalism

Sociology of Religion

Sport and Society

The Holocaust and Society

The Politics of Nature: People, Time, Resources

Pharmaceutical Cultures

Anthropology of Africa

Counterculture

Cultures of War: The Transformation of War

Cyborg Studies

Eat: The
Social Self as Consumer

Childhood

Gender and Society

Addiction

Human/Animal Interactions


Please note that availability of all modules is subject to timetabling constraints and that not all modules are
available every year. For a full list and details of the individual modules, please check the undergraduate
section of our website at
www.exeter
.ac.uk/sociology



Year 1

core modules

Imagining Social Worlds
1
and
2

Th
ese

module
s

involve the systematic study of selected problems and
questions in sociological research
,

with a focus on ethnographic and
qualitative research.
You’ll learn how

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a扯u琠
瑨t⁳潣i潬o杩cal⁳i杮ific慮c攠ef⁥ 敲yday 潢j散瑳.

Introduction to Social
Analysis

You’ll be i
湴牯n畣e
搠d漠
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摩sciplin敳⸠
You’ll be asking w
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w⁦慲⁳畣栠h湯睬敤来
ca渠
扥⁣o湳id敲敤e
‘scientific’ or ‘objective’
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t
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h慶e

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.

Introduction to Social
Anthropology

This module introduce
s

the methods and perspectives of social
anthropology and

engage
s

you in the study of a diversity of societies and
cultures. You’ll encounter a range of ethnographic and theoretical
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a湤

you’ll be encouraged



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i湫
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睯wl摳  h敲⁰e潰l攠慮搠潵rwn.

Sociology of Contemporary
Soci
ety

This module complements the other first year modules
by

concentrat
ing

primarily on the subject matter of

sociology.
You’ll

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摥c慤敳.

Social Issues: Crime and
Deviance

You’ll study crime and
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扥桡vi潵r 慮搠i瑳⁣潮se煵e湣敳⁦潲⁶ic瑩ms⁡ 搠d潲⁳潣i整y⁡ ⁡ w桯l攮
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as a social problem, and you’ll explore terrains which are often
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灲楮ci灬敳 畮d敲灩湮i湧⁴桥m.




Year 2

core modules


Ethnography Now

Ethnography provides a means of exploring the ways i
n which people live,
experience

and think about their lives, particularly the networks of
interaction and meaning they create and inhabit.
This

module will provide
you

with an appreciation of the kinds of topics and social issues that
ethnographers work on in contemporary culture
.

Int
o the Field

This module introduces you to methods of field work
-
based inquiry that
are strongly featured within the qualitative traditions of sociology and
anthropology. The module focuses on learning through practical
experimentation
and involves the desi
gn of your own research project
which will help prepare you for your dissertation.

Knowing the Social World

This module

explores and provides hands
-
on experience of
a variety of
approaches to sociological research

such as interview skills, focus groups,
and sensory analysis
.

Theoretical Sociology

You’ll

survey a variety of perspectives in social theory. Topics can broadly
be grouped under two headings, though inter
-
relations between the two
will be explored: gener
al understandings of social relations and processes
(such as ethnomethodology and actor
-
network theory); and big ideas
about the shape of contemporary society (such as Foucault on discipline,
Habermas on technocracy and Rose on ‘biopolitics’).

Introductio
n to Qualitative
Research

You’ll learn how this type of

research is used (and misused
) and

how
statistics can be interpreted differently depending on agendas
. You’ll gain
an understanding of different qualitative research methods and its
application in pa
rticular areas of society such as public health.




Year
3 core module


Dissertation

The dissertation

gives you the opportunity to display your own abilities
in
researching and communicating your ideas in relation to a topic which
really interests you.
You
may draw on
empirical data gathered from library
research
or you own f
ield

work.





Year
2 and 3 options


Globalisation

This module looks at the impact globalisation has had on contemporary
society and asks whether we are living in a globalised
world. After
exploring different ways of understanding globalisation historically and
theoretically, you’ll examine various case studies like the media, migration
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Illness, Bodies and Medicine
in Contemporary Society

You’ll

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s潣i整y.
q

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-
disci灬i湡ry⁡灰r潡ch⁡ 搠draw
i湧

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, you’ll

c潮si摥r
why ‘healt
h’ has become a key social value in contemporary western
s潣i整y
. You’ll

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-
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-
c慲攮a

Media
in Society

I
ntroduces you to the ways sociologists, anthropologists and cultural
theorists have conceptualised media in Western society. With the use of
specific examples, the module examine
s

key issues in traditional and new
media, and provides you with a

basis to contextualise and critically
appraise social change and collective and individual experiences.

Ethnomusicology

Y
ou’ll consider music’s consequences for social structure and social
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New Capitalism

You’ll be introduced to various theoretical perspectives and empirical
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capitalist development. You’ll be
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慮a

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c潮s畭
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Sociology of Religion

This module introduce
s

you to some of the major theoretical approaches
within the sociology of religion; broach
es

a variety of contemporary
debates (
for example the secularisation debate, fundamentalisms,
gl
obalisation, Pentecostalism, Islam etc
); and examine
s

these within a
wide range of religious contexts (
especially Britain, but also Europe, North
America, Latin America, the Muslim world and the Pacific Rim
).

Sport and Society

Modern sport and football,
in particula
r, provide the main focus of this

module
. The analysis of modern sport is divided into three sections: the
political economy of sport, the players and the fans. In each of these
sections, the transformation of sport up to the present day is ana
lysed with
reference to the important literature.

The Holocaust and Society

This module investigates the nature and causes of the Nazi Holocaust and
stimulates reflection on the continuing significance of this momentous
event for our understanding of huma
n nature and social organisation. The
module draws on theories, methodologies and concepts from sociology,
social psychology, historical explanation and moral philosophy.

The Politics of Nature:
People, Time, Resources

You’ll acquire in
-
depth familiarity

with the question of the politics of nature
in anthropology
, specifically focusing

on natural resource development
and surrounding anthropological issues. The module takes a case
-
study
approach to different resources, whilst experimentin
g with a range of
approaches

to develop a multidimensional theoretical basis for
understanding why nature and natural resources are a key site of
contemporary cultural and political struggle.

Pharmaceutical Cultures

Over the last few decades pharmaceuticals such as birth

control pills and
antidepressants have come to assume an increasingly prominent place in
everyday life, as they are taken by millions of people in the UK and around
the world.

This module explore
s

the history, politics, and economics of
pharmaceutical sci
ence and industry, and how this industry's global
enterprise is connected to social change, individual experiences and the
cultural politics of daily living
.

Anthropology of Africa

Focusing on Sub
-
Saharan Africa, the module aims to provide a
perspective
on the shared histories and current predicaments that shape
the diverse politics, economics, social and biological life of the continent.

Countercultures

Using contemporary writings, music and film you’ll explore a largely
forgotten or misremembered cultu
re close to us in space and time: the
counterculture of the 1960s, especially its flourishing in Britain. Exploration
topics include: politics, social organisation, the arts, architecture,
cybernetics, situationism and revolutionary imagination.

Cultures
of War: the
Transformation of War

This
module
examines the transformation of war in the current era from a
sociological perspective to provide an insight into the nature of human
conflict, the reality of ethnic and religious war and the transformation of
w
estern armed forces as they engage in new kinds of global operations.

Cyborg Studies

This module
investigates

a decentred a
nd 'posthumanist' sensibility, w
ith
the figure of the cyborg


the cybernetic organism,
the human/machine


as its icon.

I
t explores

the co
-
evolution of humans, machines, sciences
and nature

and

includes a very wide range of studies running from past
and present science and technology to the arts, management, education,
psychiatry, spirituality and the

60s counterculture.

Eat:
t
he
So
cial Self as
Consumer

You’ll

look at how the contemporary social self is shaped by its
involvement in economic interaction as a consumer and how the changes
in the world of shopping represent social change in general. Particular
emphasis
is

put on the way
the symbolic construction of subjectivities in
consumption relate to the material existence of the self as body and its
relation to the materiality of produced and consumed objects.

Childhood

This module
,

focusing on perceptions of childhood
,

covers

a ra
nge of
diverse themes, such as family life across contexts, the meanings of fairy
tales and the influence of Disney.

Gender and Society

We’ll

consider gender as a social and cultural construction and evaluate
the contribution gender studies make to sociology more generally. The
module focuses in particular on cultural and non
-
cognitive dimensions of
gender and places emphasis on grounded theori
es of gender in daily life.

Addiction

What

do we mean by

addiction

?

In this module, you will critically analyse
the concepts, practices and policy surrounding addiction, dependence,
drug use and treatment in contemporary society.

Human/Animal Interactions

From the food we eat and the clothes we wear to the medicines which
sustain us, our lives are inextricably bound up in complex relationships
with other animals. This
module

is primarily concerned with exploring the
many and varie
d interactions which humans have animals

and includes
topics such as domestication, the keeping of pets, and conservation.




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