|School||Cardiff School of Planning and Geography|
|External Subject Code||K400|
|Number of Credits||20|
|Language of Delivery||English|
|Module Leader||Dr Craig Gurney|
This module introduces students to key aspects of inequality in contemporary British society and considers contrasting theoretical perspectives to explain these. Sociological theories are used to make sense of contemporary social change. The lecture programme reflects current policy and academic debates which allows for a consideration of, amongst other topics, social mobility, riots and civic unrest, racial discrimination, social capital and the “Big Society”, consumption, identity and cultural capital. It provides a context for planners and geographers to understand the spatial consequences of social change.
The module will be delivered through a combination of lectures and workshops. Lectures will include, where appropriate videos, whilst workshops will focus upon the provision of skills (for example report writing and referencing sources).
Coursework 1 - Report
Coursework 2 - Essay
This module draws upon the social science discipline of sociology but it is not a “dry” theory module. It makes no assumptions about prior learning and presents theories as practical tools to explain the world “out there”. It starts with an introduction to the sociological imagination; the way in which sociologists view the world and then moves on to apply this perspective to a range of contemporary social issues with which geographers and planners will have a keen interest. These will include; ways of thinking about social class, gendered inequalities, ‘racial’ inequalities, consumption sector cleavages, social capital, networks and community, cultural capital, identity and consumption, geodemographics and the mapping of class, professional power, representations of urban life in contemporary film and fiction, embodiment and disability, riots and civic unrest.
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Bevan Foundation (2010) Poverty and Social Exclusion in Wales. Ebbw Vale. The Bevan Foundation.
Devine, F. et al (eds) (2004) Rethinking Class: Cultures, Identities and Lifestyles. Basingstoke. Palgrave Macmillan.
Fulcher, J. and Scott, J. (2011) Sociology (4e). Oxford. OUP.
Giddens, A, (2009) Sociology (6e). Cambridge. Polity.
Macionis, J. (2012) Sociology: A Global Introduction (5e). Harlow. Perason Prentice Hall.
Office for National Statistics (2011) Social Trends 41 http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/social-trends-rd/social-trends/social-trends-41/index.html
Saunders, P. (2010) Social Mobility Myths. London. Civitas.
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Sociological Research Online (2011) Refereed Rapid Response Section: Recent Social Unrest In England. http://www.socresonline.org.uk/16/4/contents.html
Wilkinson, R and Pickett, K. (2010) The Spirit Level: Why equality is better for everyone. London. Penguin.