This unit explores questions about what does it mean to be a social scientist and how and why people, more or less, unconsciously adjust to their social milieu. The unit examines the influence of space on human behaviour; how knowledge is created within an individual's living space, and how different forms of power, legally or illegally acquired, are presented in the social sphere. The discussion between Michel Foucault and Paul Rabinow about how individuals' everyday life is influenced by and how people negotiate 'space, knowledge and power', is the starting point. These concept are analysed form the sociological discipline and its theoretical framework.

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ASS2004 - Sociology of Social Control or

ASS2009 - Making Modern Identities

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Analyse and articulate continuities and differences in theoretical and analytical materials that share a conceptual terrain;  
  2. Exhibit an increased effectiveness in problem-solving via the application of social theory to questions to do with the organisation of 'everyday' social space; and  
  3. Apply the knowledge from the discipline of sociology to problems in wider contexts.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Essay Essay (750 words) 30%
Case Study Research report (750 words) 30%
Essay End of semester essay (1500 words) 40%

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