The Sociological Imagination: Issues and Debates in Contemporary Sociology
This unit allows you to pick three themes each of which will explore contemporary issues and debates from a variety of sociological perspectives. The content of this unit explores a variety of key thematic strands within contemporary sociology. Optionality allows you to pursue three different areas of interest from a choice of topics. In order to encourage you to critically engage and apply this knowledge, the themes will reflect current sociological debates and have a strong commitment to sociological theory.
Work, Leisure and Lifestyles: From Factory Floors to Nightclub Brawls Level 6
This unit seeks to critically explore the field in three blocks. Firstly, the classical concerns with work including theories from Marxism, Weber and Durkhei. Secondly, the more contemporary concerns with new forms of work and leisure spaces including studies of call centres, club cultures, sex work and door work, which utilises more postmodernist ideas of power, negotiated identity and subcultures. Thirdly, to explore the appropriate methodological ways to investigate work, leisure and lifestyle spaces and settings.
Policing in Britain within a Global Context Level 6
This unit provides an understanding of the social and historical development of policing, placing British policing within its national, regional and international context. Your studies may include topics such as: National and International trends within policing; Globalisation, Governance and the policing of cross-border crime and security; Historical Contextualisation; Changing methods, structures and the delivery of policing; and cooperation, consent, legitimacy and accountability.
Identity, Culture and Difference Level 6
This unit explores a number of theoretical approaches which place identity and difference at the centre of analysis. It covers topics such as: Debating Identity and Difference (social vs individual identity; histories and experiences); Globalised Identities and Culture (Globalisation, deterritorialisation, migration, diaspora and hybridity); and Post-Colonialism and Colonized Identities (social and political aspects of identities, post-Colonialism, Imperialism, Orientalism, gendered identities, non-western feminism, sub-altern studies).
Sports, Politics and Globalisation Level 6
This unit critically examines the role of sport in society. The history of sport and links with key social, political and cultural contexts are explored, along with assessing the challenges and potential for sport in the contemporary world. How sport has been positioned by sociologists, historians, politicians, the media and sporting cultures themselves, will provide a historical basis for the unit.
Race, Racism and Society Level 6
This unit provides an introduction to the sociological study of race, racism and processes of racialisation. The unit includes topics such as socio-historical development of the concept of race in Western / European societies. The impact of globalisation in terms of migration, economic and socio-political factors in Britain. Implications and impacts of patterns of mass migration to Britain after the Second World War. A study of media representation of race and racism. A study of race, racism and policing. Theories of racial conflict, multiculturalism, race relations and immigration explored within the context of British society.
Deconstructing Gender (Level 6)
This unit seeks to deconstruct our everyday understanding of gender and explores how gender is linked to violent and criminal behaviour. Unit topics include gendered identities and their relationship to violence; violent spaces and masculinities (war and military / violent sports); the experiences of women in contact with the criminal justice system as victims and offenders, and campaigning for justice.
Intimate Relationships and Personal Life Level 6
This unit explores the impact of wider social changes within late modernity on personal lives and intimate relationships, paying attention to both change and continuity. It critically examines claims made by social theorists about the detraditionalisation of sexual relationships and the 'transformation of intimacy' into a matter of personal choice and satisfaction. Moreover, it considers empirical evidence suggesting that traditionally gendered roles, family structures and sexual practices are still dominant in British society. Topics covered in the unit include couple relationships, sexual practices, weddings and marriage, love, commitment, friendship, and family relationships.
Out of it: Substance (Mis)use, Trends and Responses Level 6
This unit will develop your understanding of drugs, why people take them, trends and policy responses by enabling you to apply a range of perspectives. The unit focuses on the UK but includes a comparative element that compares the levels of drug use and related policy responses to other countries. You will explore some key questions such as: Why do people take drugs? Who takes drugs? How can we make sense of drug use? How do societies respond to drug use? How has drug use changed over time?
Youth in Crisis? Young People, Crime and Justice Level 6
This unit examines a range of issues relating to young people's experiences of crime and the youth justice system. The concepts of 'young people' and 'crime' are both social constructions. Young people are both seen in a positive light as enthusiastic and pursuing moral ideals and demonised as amoral and anti-social 'yobs'. Similarly, the history of crime control demonstrates that those behaviours subject to formal censure and punishment are not a given but depend on at what point in history the act was committed; who committed it; who or what was the target; and in what wider social context was the act committed. This unit critically considers how these two aspects come together throughout history to position young people and crime in various ways.
Women's Lives: National and International Perspectives Level 6
An overview, comparison and analysis of gender and women's lives in varying societies. Issues include family, work, health, social change and women's movements. It covers topics such as: approaches to disadvantage and subordination; theoretical approaches to gender; discussions of social change and globalisation in relation to women's lives across the world.
Crime, Deviance and Control Level 6
This unit critically examines traditional, contemporary and critical explanations for the causes of 'crime' and 'deviance' in British society. It investigates the State's response to 'crime' and 'deviance', especially why particular groups are the focus of criminal justice interventions. The unit encourages and enhances the students' understanding of society's attitudes towards 'crime' and constructions of the 'offender' within contemporary society. This includes reflecting on official policies and practices targeted at specific 'offenders', for example those defined as 'gang' members, sex offenders or 'rioters'.
Victims and Restorative Justice Level 6
This unit looks at what it means to be a victim of crime and how people become recognised as victims. It will also consider restorative justice and what it has to offer victims. The unit begins by analysing the difference between victimisation and victimhood: who is the 'ideal victim' and how have real victims been viewed by criminologists and the criminal justice system? The second section of the unit takes a critical criminological approach to questions of victimisation and power. The third section of the unit assesses the position of victims in the criminal justice system.
Global Justice and Crime Control Level 6
This unit provides an introduction to international crime, transnational crime and crime control. Competing theoretical approaches are examined and cross-national and international responses are contextualised. Your studies will include topics such as: Globalisation, cross-border crime and security; examining comparative criminology and criminal justice, social and historical context and the changing nature of security; theorising crime and its control in a global and transnational context;and examining the relationship between criminological and international relations perspectives on crime.
The Politics of Imprisonment Level 6
This unit will critically examine the functions, purpose and justifications for the use of punishment and imprisonment. It will consider the legitimacy of the state's use of punishment and legitimacy. The unit will examine contemporary studies to develop a critical understanding of punishment, social control and imprisonment.
Body, Sexuality and Culture
This unit will focus on normative ideas concerning body shape, gender and desire. The unit engages with queer, transgender and feminist theories that aim to support a more benign understanding of sexuality and gender diversity. It covers topics such as: constructionism vs essentialism; the history of the body, gender and sexuality; sexual identities, queer theory, heteronormativity; transgender; bisexuality; body modification; BDSM; social movements and sexual politics; ethical conflicts about sexuality; HIV/AIDS; race and sexuality; normative ideas about beauty; disability; global sexual economies; queer diasporas.
Consumption and Identity in Contemporary Society Level 6
This unit encourages you to reflect critically on contemporary consumer culture. The increasing commodification of everyday life is of chief consideration, along with the potential for alternative social, political and economic structures.
Extremism and Political Radicalism
The unit aims to conceptualise protest and political extremism, to analyse the causes of dissent and to explore state responses. It covers topics such as political radicalism; threat or progressive force in society? From Peterloo to Paris, understanding modern protest; Single issue politics and new social movements; Urban disorders and their causes and state responses; Politically motivated extremism, an overview; Nationalism, racism and white supremacist movements; Radical utopianism; Religious fundamentalism; Terrorism; and State Responses to extremism and politically motivated violence.
The Culture of Britishness Level 6
This unit explores British identities and British culture(s) in the contemporary moment. The major focus is on the negotiation of 'Britishness' in a multi-ethnic and diverse society.
Volunteering and Community Networking Level 6
You will undertake a volunteering opportunity for this unit. Theories of volunteering, policy and the community support this, and will be applied to your experience of volunteering. It also covers the voluntary sector (definitions, functions; funding); patterns of, and motivations for volunteering; issues of community, networking, social capital and social exclusion; social policy and the voluntary sector; political objectives and policy initiatives impacting on the voluntary sector; reflective practice and experiential learning as a means of enhancing employability.
World Without Borders Level 6
Analyses key issues in transnational studies: e.g. gender, migration, livelihoods, violent conflicts/war. Discussion of key issues concerning globalisation and transnationalism - e.g. uneven development; the local and the global; relative weight of the economic, social and cultural. The unit then goes on to examine selected, specific topics including: changes in women's status, sexuality and family relationships; globalisation and livelihoods; migration and multiculturalism; wars and violent conflicts.
Applied Quantitative Project
This unit requires students to complete an independent project which involves working with quantitative datasets and/ or working in an organisation.
Dissertation (Criminology/ Sociology)
This unit will provide the opportunity to research and produce a sustained, year long, in-depth, research based, piece of scholarly work based on a specific topic of study. The onus is on independent study.
EdLab Level 6 (30 credits)
EdLab units enable students to gain credit for project-based learning conducted in partnership with external practitioners, charities and social enterprises, educational providers and other workplaces. Their projects may be the development of products or resources, interventions or educational opportunities - but they will have real-world value, and lead to real-world impact with broad relevance to education. Tutored input for the unit will largely be facilitative and supportive, enabling students to develop, plan and evaluate projects. They will also be supported by a flexible lecture series which supports them with key aspects of project management - and which draw in guest speakers from external partner agencies, to share insights into their particular contexts and ways of working. The different levels of EdLab unit are distinguished by the extent to which students are expected to originate and take leadership over their projects and engagements. At level 6, students will take the lead in the negotiation, design and implementation of a project. They will work under the supervision of a tutor to liaise with an external community partner, to recruit and coordinate a cross-disciplinary team of students from other EdLab levels of study. Through their work, students will develop their understanding and skills in leadership and management as applied to educational innovation, together with specific expertise in the focus of the project and the context of its application. Students undertaking a EdLab unit at level 6 will be assessed according to the unit outcomes as they are translated onto the Level 6 University Standard Descriptors in the unit's assessment-specific marking criteria.
Applied Dissertation (Sociology/ Criminology)
This unit allows you to pursue independent study in a locally based organisation for a year. The choice of topic can be their own or it might be negotiated between the students and with the organisation. The study results in a sustained, in-depth piece of scholarly work, supported by an academic supervisor.
Crime and Media Level 6
This unit familiarises you with the complex relationship between crime and the media, especially the importance of media discourses in terms of representing crime and shaping how crime is understood and dealt with in contemporary society. It covers topics such as: 1. Media representations of crime, criminals and criminality 2. Media fascinations and obsessions with crime 3. The power of the media to shape understanding and governance of crime.
Media and Society Level 6
This unit examines the emergence and development of media forms and the impact of these on society and culture. Media forms including photography, film, television, recorded music and digital media are analysed
Sociological Psychology Level 6
This unit explores the relationship between mind, self and society from a sociological perspective. It covers the relationship between the self and society and proposes that the self is not innate but emerges in and through social interaction and our culturally-shared symbolic system. A sociological perspective conceives of identities as socially-bestowed, socially-sustained, socially-transformed and even socially-rescinded in and through interactional processes and contexts. Self is viewed as a constantly-evolving social process.