Global Civil Society And Human Rights SOCIO4014

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Social and Political Sciences
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

the module aims to:

■ Develop your critical understandings of 'global civil society' and 'human rights' informed by contemporary social theory.

■ Enable you to develop empirical knowledge of non-governmental organizations, transnational social movements and conceptions of human rights as they relate related to specific topic areas.

■ Enable you to develop research skills in conducting empirical research on international non-governmental organizations, and transnational social movements.

■ Allow you to enhance your transferable and inter-personal skills, particularly in communication, time management, individual and group research work, and critical appraisal of social issues.

■ Enable you to develop a wide range of skills that will meet the demands of the modern labour market.

Timetable

20 contact hours over the course of a single semester. This will normally consist of 2 hours per week and may be a combination of lectures and seminars/workshops.

Requirements of Entry

Mandatory Entry Requirements

Entry to Honours Sociology requires a grade point average of 12 (Grade C) over Sociology 2A and Sociology 2B as a first attempt.

Excluded Courses

None

Co-requisites

None.

Assessment

100% essay (this is a 4000 word essay)

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable

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

The course forms part of the Department's Honours programme and its aims embody the intentions of this programme. The principle aim is to build on some of the central themes of Level 1 and 2 modules and provide students with a sound knowledge and critical understanding of the sociological study of social change. More specifically, the module aims to:

■ Develop your critical understandings of 'global civil society' and 'human rights' informed by contemporary social theory.

■ Enable you to develop empirical knowledge of non-governmental organizations, transnational social movements and conceptions of human rights as they relate related to specific topic areas.

■ Enable you to develop research skills in conducting empirical research on international non-governmental organizations, and transnational social movements.

■ Allow you to enhance your transferable and inter-personal skills, particularly in communication, time management, individual and group research work, and critical appraisal of social issues.

■ Enable you to develop a wide range of skills that will meet the demands of the modern labour market.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Analyse the role of international non-governmental organizations and transnational social movements in contemporary social change.

■ Critically discuss the concepts 'global civil society' and 'human rights' with reference

■ Analyse contemporary social theory including Foucault and social movement theories, and to examples of specific contested issues.

■ Research the activities and perspectives of non-governmental organizations via retrieval and analysis of primary sources from the internet.

■ Present conflicting perspectives on specific issues contested by NGOs or transnational movements, using oral and visual presentation skills.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

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