SO1007 Introduction to Sociology 1 and Sociological Sources


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The course will help you:
• recognise how real social structures affect both our sense of personal identity and our interactions with other people.
• understand, at an introductory level, key sociological terms, concepts and schools ofthought, relevant to course topics.
• appreciate the benefits of critical and comparative analyses of basic sociologicalquestions, specifically on those topics that the course addresses. 
• demonstrate your intellectual skills in basic problem solving.
• communicate analytical and critical ideas drawing on basic and more advanced sociological sources.
• develop presentation skills by presenting work within small-group settings and by contributing regularly to small-group discussions.
• acquire a broad set of study skills, such as effective management of available resources, particularly time, information technology and major public sources of information.
Learning Outcomes
By the end of the course you should be able to:
• display a sociological understanding of the social processes that affect our everyday interaction and our sense of self.
• understand the key terms, concepts and schools of thought that are addressed by this course.
• show a knowledge and understanding of the main arguments and debates concerning the issues that are addressed by this course.
• undertake critical and comparative analysis of the introductory sociological questions raised in course topics.
• demonstrate the ability to present (in oral and written work) critical ideas in a clear and organised manner. 
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