Module Details

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Title Social Change and Social Policy in Contemporary Society 1
Code SOCI102
Coordinator Dr D Tepe-Belfrage
Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2020-21 Level 4 FHEQ First Semester 15


- Encourages you to think about history in sociological terms, particularly about the ways in which an understanding of the past can help to illuminate the present.

- Provides you with an appreciation of continuity and change in social life in Britain, with an emphasis, inter alia, on politics, social policy, the economy, family life, and social and cultural relations.

- Provides you with an understanding of how different social scientists have studied, described and explained these processes of continuity and change in various areas of social life.

- Provides you with a way of putting wider processes of continuity and change in social, cultural, political and historical context.

- Provides you with a foundation of theories, concepts and knowledge for study at the second and third years.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Encourages you to describe processes of social continuity and change over time in various areas of social life from a sociological perspective.

(LO2) Encourages you to think critically about what we gain by investigating the links between the present and the past.

(LO3) Encourages you to apply and evaluate sociological theories and concepts in relation to various conceptual, methodological and empirical issues surrounding the question of history and the analysis of social change in various areas of social life.

(LO4) Supports the transition to modules in the second year with knowledge and understanding of key events and debates  in social, political and economic life.

(S1) The capacity to think sociologically about various aspects of British life in historical perspective.

(S2) The capacity to draw on theories, concepts and evidence in support of arguments and analyses.

(S3) The capacity to critically evaluate theories, concepts and evidence used in support of others' arguments and analyses.

(S4) Study skills: including note-taking, presenting arguments and critical thinking.



The module covers continuity and change in British social life over the 20th and early 21st centuries.

Topics include:

Politics, economics , the family, social and cultural relations and the role of social policy in shaping change

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching Method 1 - Lecture
Attendance Recorded: No
Notes: Lectures take place weekly.

Teaching Method 2 - Seminar
Attendance Recorded: Yes
Notes: Seminars also take place weekly, beginning in week two, and follow on directly from the lectures, providing opportunities for questions and discussion connected to lecture themes, the weekly readings and assessments.

Contact hours will change in line with the switch to the hybrid module outlined below.

Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours 12


Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 127


EXAM Duration Timing
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CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
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The essay will consist of two smaller essays (each 1000 words) answering a choice of two questions. One question will have to address the first more historical section of the module while the other w  The essay will consi    100       

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