Introduction to Sociology ADED12013E

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course provides an introduction to the academic study of Sociology focusing on key skills and ideas essential to Level 1 courses in the College of Social Sciences.


For 10 weeks

2-hour lecture Tuesday 16.00-18.00

2-hour seminar Thursday 13.00-15.00 (x 2 groups) or Friday 15.00-17.00 (x 1 group)

Requirements of Entry

Incoming students on the University of Glasgow's Study Abroad programme.

Excluded Courses

SOCIO1009 Sociology 1A: Self and Society

FC704 Sociology




1. Collaborative glossary/wiki of terms/methods (25% of final grade)

2. 2,000-word essay plus 500-word annotated bibliography of two key sources used (75% of final grade)

Course Aims

The aims of the course are to:

■ Introduce students to the discipline of Sociology.

■ Explain key concepts sociologists use to understand the nature of contemporary societies and processes of social reproduction and change.

■ Enable students to begin to 'think sociologically' about themselves, their experiences and their own place in society.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:


■ Summarise the key questions asked by Sociology and be able to give an overview of the nature of the answers offered by the discipline

■ Describe the main methods of sociological research

■ Communicate sociological theories and concepts in a logical and effective manner, using key terminology from this field of study, as required for University Level 1 courses.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.