Module Details

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Code SOCI354
Coordinator Dr E Amini
Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2023-24 Level 6 FHEQ Second Semester 15


1. To introduce students to sociological framework for understanding the emotions while also engaging in interdisciplinary exchanges.

2. To develop students’ sociological reasoning in relations to emotions and their understanding of socially constructed of emotions and how people manage to react to others’ emotions in their social context

3. To identify and analyse the relationship between different theories of emotion and empirical research

4. To provide an understanding of the relationships between emotions, society, individuals, and experiencing discrimination/inequalities.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Students will be able to critically analyse key theoretical approaches within the sociology of emotion

(LO2) Students will be able to critically review different empirical research within the sociology of emotion

(LO3) Students will be able to connect critical concepts and perspectives to emotions within the social sciences.

(LO4) Students will be able to analyse how emotions are socially constructed and play a central role in everyday social life

(S1) Ethical Awareness: By emphasising the significance of emotions in everyday social life and challenging some of the essentialist explanations of human emotion, this module can help students to develop their ethical awareness.

(S2) They will develop verbal and written communication skills and presentation skills in seminars and their assessment

(S3) They will develop flexibility and adaptability as part of their teamwork

(S4) They will develop teamworking skills in seminars



The module begins by contextualising “emotions” and why it matters that we study it. The module situates the study of emotions in the current socio-political context and analysis the inequalities related to it such as sexism, racism, and ageism.
• Lectures 1-4 cover the theories related to emotions, such as emotions in everyday social life and cultural politics of emotions by focusing on feminist, cultural and postcolonial perspectives in the sociology of emotions.

Lectures 5-11:
The second half of the course assesses how these are connected to wider changes in political, economic, social, and cultural realms. Students will analyse emotions manifestations in a range of sites such as, sexual relationship and embodiment, health and illness, happiness and anger, love, hate, loneliness and alienation and feeling race

Relation to other modules

While the module introduces a range of new topics (as above), it has been developed with other core and optional modules across the curriculum in mind. It builds theoretical capacities learning in SOCI101 (Sociological Theory) and works alongside SOCI242 (Thinking Sociologically) for relevant students. It also builds on conceptual learning in SOCI102, SOCI103 (Social Change and Social Policy 1&2 e.g. g social class, ‘race’ and gender), SOCI218(Sexualities in Society), SOCI108 (Controlling Crime). Placing this module in second year means it can also act as a foundational course to a number of third year options through a number of introductory theoretical lenses e.g. SOCI307 (Health, Lifecourse and society), SOCI346 (Race, Community Identity). SOCI349 (Crime, Justice and the Sex Industry), SOCI315 (Gender, the body and identity), and Dissertation.

Reading lists

Students will be given a range of core, key, and recommended readings available through readinglists@liverpool, and on canvas.

They will also have access to weekly suggested and extra r eading lists available in the module handbook.

Seminars will also be focused on a range of readings, topics, and ‘objects’. All of which will be provided and have clear instructions attached to them

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching Method 1:
Scheduled Directed Student Hours: 11 hours

Lectures will give a broad and foundational overview to relevant empirical sites, topics, concepts and theories. Student should attend these and make notes during these sessions to reflect back on for revision purposes.
There may be the inclusion of guest lectures, but this will only be done when they are available, and it is appropriate.
Attendance Recorded: Yes / No

Teaching Method 2: 10 hours
Seminar: Seminars will build, develop and focus student’s knowledge learned in a preceding lecture. Seminars will have a specific focus (rather than the broad oversight given in lectures), and starting in week 2, students will be instructed on a weekly task they should complete to discuss in their seminar. All necessary readings or materials to complete this task will be provided to students.

Self-Directed Learning Hours: 129 hours

Students should use information, knowledge and skills learned in lectures and seminars, as well as required and suggested readings on readinglists@liverpool and in the handbook to expand their knowledge and studies.

Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours 11


Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 129


EXAM Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
Assessment 2 Assessment Title: Essay Assessment Type: Coursework Duration / Size: 1500 words Weighting: 70 % Reassessment Opportunity: Yes Penalty for Late Submission: Standard UoL p    70       
Assessment 1 Assessment Title: Poster Assessment Type: Poster and presentation Duration / Size: 500 words Weighting: 30 % Reassessment Opportunity: Yes Penalty for Late Submissi    30       

Recommended Texts

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