A Taste of Sociology

Ref: C2339083

Sociology has been called 'the Psychology of Society': how it works, the roles of its institutions - such as family, government, media, the education, justice and religious systems. We will explore some of the ways people have tried to understand the workings of society and also look at concensus and conflict, change by revolution and by evolution.

Course aim

To give students a basic understanding of classical Sociology. To compare how different types of sociologists have explained human societies To enable students to better understand their part in our society, and to interact effectively.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners
  • No prior knowledge is assumed. This course is for those with very little knowledge of, but an interest in, Sociology and willingness to learn.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of different sociological perspectives, and a clear preference.
  • Add an extra dimension to my existing understanding of human groups and institutions.
  • Apply the insights learned to improve my active citizenship and membership of society.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • The course will be interactive, with tutor presentations and illustrations, some open questions to stimulate thought, and opportunities for group discussion.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • Feedback will be offered on student participation in discussion, and there will be a few simple exercises.

What else do I need to know?

  • A notebook & pen are advisable for full benefit, and a folder for the handouts, which will be provided.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • No essential textbook is necessary for this basic taster course. However if additional reading is desired on any topic covered by the course, this will be advised at the time.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next
  • During the course, information and advice will be offered about further opportunities for learning. Progression routes to further study and qualifications will also be discussed if so desired.

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A Taste of Sociology

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