The course consists of three 40 hour units plus 40 hours flexible time.
In this unit you will learn about the relative nature of social norms, values and roles and the six main agents of socialisation:
- The Family
- Mass Media
- Peer Groups.
You will consider the ways in which the main agents of socialisation interact, and how they impact on individuals and the culture of a society.
Social Stratification: An Introduction
This unit explores the variety of ways in which individuals may be classified into different social groups using socially constructed criteria. This is done through a study of three of the following five categories of social stratification:
- Social class
- Race and Ethnicity
It also looks at the sociological significance of social stratification - the unequal ways in which groups can be formed and the effect this may have on individuals' or social groups' life chances focusing on the effects in terms of inequality and opportunities for social mobility.
Studying Human Society: The Sociological Approach
The aims of this unit are to provide a basic introduction to sociology, to develop a basic knowledge of the research methods and techniques used by sociologists and to understand the advantages and disadvantages of these different methods.
The unit provides:
an introduction to the main sociological theories - and examines how these theories relate to aspects of modern society
an explanation of the differences between common sense and sociological explanations of human behaviour
an introduction to primary and secondary research methods
an introduction to the main research methods used by sociologists, including questionnaires, interviews, surveys, case studies, use of official statistics and written evidence.
- Int.2 (SCQF 5) Problem Solving (Critical Thinking)