SO2330 European Societies (10 ECTS credits)
Lecturer(s): DrCamilla Devitt and DrPeter Mühlau
This module examines different forms of social inequality in Western Europe – the divisions of class, gender, ethnicity and life cycle. It considers the extent to which the European Union involves a European social model of social cohesion – a particularly European way of countering the divisions of a market society. The module uses comparative studies as well as case studies from selected European countries.
On successful completion of this module, you will be able to:
- outline the main sociological theories of social structure relevant to contemporary Europe;
- describe and explain the main differences in social structure between European societies;
- assess the main debates about the development of the European Union and European society.
Lectures & Tutorials/ Contact hours:
Two lectures and one tutorial per week.
Lectures: 44 hrs; Tutorials: 22 hrs; Exams/assignments: 44 hrs; Self-study: 140 hrs. Total: 250 hours.
Recommended Texts/ Key Reading:
- Mau, S. and Verwiebe, R. (2010) European Societies: Mapping structure and change, Bristol: Policy Press.
- Penalties for late submission: Without an authorised extension, the mark given will be lowered by one grade
- Coursework (50%)
- Annual exam (50%)
- Attendance at tutorials is compulsory. In each of the teaching terms missing more than three seminars will result in a 10% deduction (one full grade) from the overall module grade
- Examination: 1 x 3-hour examination