SO100GC      Half Unit
Key Concepts: Introduction to Social Theory (Spring Semester)

This information is for the 2020/21 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Chetan Bhatt STC.S107


This course is available with permission to General Course ‘Spring Semester’ students.

Course content

The course aims to introduce students to sociological theory by examining the work and ideas of normally four key thinkers in contemporary social thought. For each thinker, the course will provide an overview of their contribution to the discipline of sociology, examine in detail one or more of their important texts, and also consider how their analysis could be applied to contemporary social issues.


This course is delivered through a combination of lectures, online materials and classes totalling a minimum of 20 hours in LT, with revision sessions in ST.

Reading Weeks: Students on this course will have a reading week in LT Week 6, in line with departmental policy.

Formative coursework

Two 2,000 word formative essays or their equivalent in LT, for feedback from class teachers.

Indicative reading

A detailed reading list will be available at the first lecture, but for general preparatory reading, students might wish to consult the following: D Lee & H Newby, The Problem of Sociology; Z Bauman, Thinking Sociologically; S Bruce, Sociology: A Very Short Introduction.


Exam (100%, duration: 2 hours) in the summer exam period.

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

Important information in response to COVID-19

Please note that during 2020/21 academic year some variation to teaching and learning activities may be required to respond to changes in public health advice and/or to account for the situation of students in attendance on campus and those studying online during the early part of the academic year. For assessment, this may involve changes to mode of delivery and/or the format or weighting of assessments. Changes will only be made if required and students will be notified about any changes to teaching or assessment plans at the earliest opportunity.

Key facts

Department: Sociology

Total students 2019/20: Unavailable

Average class size 2019/20: Unavailable

Capped 2019/20: No

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Self-management
  • Problem solving
  • Communication