Year of entry: 2022
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Course unit details:
Self and Society
|Unit level||Level 2|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 2|
|Available as a free choice unit?||Yes|
This course explores how sociology approaches the study of the self. Studying the self sociologically means understanding the self as always in relationship with society. This is because we develop our sense of self in interaction with and in relation to the world around us. During the course, we examine the different ways in which sociologists have conceptualised this relationship between self and society. The lectures cover a variety of aspects of the self such as how we present a self in interaction with other people, how inequalities are lived and experienced, the self as embodied, and how developments in information and communication technologies (ICTs) are shaping the self.
This course unit aims to:¿
- Introduce students to sociological approaches to the study of self.¿
- Provide students with a theoretical understanding of the links between self and society.
¿- Provide students with conceptual tools for studying individuals in society.
On completion of this unit successful students will:¿
- have knowledge of the interconnections between self and society
¿- have an appreciation of why and how the individual is important to the study of society
¿- have conceptual understanding of how 'the social' can be studied through 'the individual'.
Teaching and learning methods
Weekly 2 hour lecture +
Weekly 1 hour tutorial.
|Written assignment (inc essay)||50%|
All sociology courses include both formative feedback – which lets you know how you’re getting on and what you could do to improve – and summative feedback – which gives you a mark for your assessed work.
2,000 word essay
2 hour examination
Adams, Matthew (2007) Self and Social Change, London: Sage.¿Burkitt, Ian (2008) Social Selves: Theories of Self and Society (2nd ed), London: Sage.¿Elliott, Anthony (2014) Concepts of the Self, (3rd edition) Cambridge: Polity Press.
Elliott, Anthony (2016) Identity Troubles: An Introduction, London: Routledge.
Lawler, Steph (2014) Identity: Sociological Perspectives (2nd edn), Cambridge: Polity.
Jenkins, Richard (2008) Social Identity (3rd ed), London: Routledge.
May, V. (2013) Connecting Self to Society: Belonging in a Changing World, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
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|Assessment written exam||2|
|Independent study hours|
|Vanessa May||Unit coordinator|