Key Issues in Sociological Analysis

This information is for the 2016/17 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Kay Inckle STC S110


This course is compulsory on the BSc in Social Policy and Sociology and BSc in Sociology. This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit and to General Course students.

Course content

This course engages key sociological issues through the critical reading of empirical research studies. The course explores the connections between theoretical arguments and the practice of social enquiry and analysis. Indicative topics include: culture, religion, bodies, risk, migration, nature, rights.

Blocks of lectures will focus on three different research texts within each theme.


10 hours of lectures and 9 hours of classes in the MT. 10 hours of lectures and 10 hours of classes in the LT.

Reading weeks: week 6 MT and week 6 LT.

Formative coursework

Two coursework submissions each term are a course requirement.

Indicative reading

Selected reading: There is no set textbook for this course - each week's teaching is based on the critical reading of key texts.


Essay (50%, 3500 words) in the LT.
Essay (50%, 3500 words) in the ST.

Two hard copies of each assessed essay, with submission sheets attached to each, to be handed in to the Administration Office, S116, no later than 16:30 on the submission day. The first essay is due by the fourth Thursday of Lent Term and the second essay is due by the second Thursday of Summer Term. An additional copy of each essay is to be uploaded to Moodle no later than 18:00 on the same day each essay is due.

Attendance at all classes and submission of all set coursework is required.

Student performance results

(2013/14 - 2015/16 combined)

Classification % of students
First 14.8
2:1 53.3
2:2 18
Third 0.8
Fail 13.1

Key facts

Department: Sociology

Total students 2015/16: 46

Average class size 2015/16: 16

Capped 2015/16: No

Value: One Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

PDAM skills

  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Communication