Society and Social Policy DUMF1066

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

The course examines some of the key debates, theories and arguments in contemporary social studies in modern Britain and familiarises students with the specialised language of the social sciences.


The course will be delivered in 1 x 2 hour whole group seminar and 1 x 1 hour small group tutorial over the course of the semester.

Requirements of Entry



Essay (1500 words) 60%

Examination 40%

Main Assessment In: December

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

(1) To introduce students to key debates and theories in contemporary social studies in modern Britain and familiarise them with the language of the social sciences. (2) to encourage conceptual awareness and critical analysis. (3) To develop transferable skills by encouraging group working and research skills using IT and library resources.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

On completion of the course, students will be able to demonstrate:
Familiarity with a number of key debates, theories and arguments in contemporary social studies.

The application of relevant social science theories to understanding
 current social issues.
Appropriate use of the language of social science.

Appropriate critical awareness and analytical skills.

Ability to successfully participate in group work.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Normally attendance at 75% of compulsory classes and attempt at all summative assessments, and attainment of Grade G2.