General Paper In Sociology SOCIO4056

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Social and Political Sciences
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

The aims of the General Paper are to encourage and enable you to actively demonstrate the sociological imagination(s), knowledge and experience that you have accumulated and developed throughout your university careers in these disciplines, and, in particular, from all the other components of your Honours programmes.  Students will be encouraged to make use of sociological, anthropological and criminological theories and concepts.


4 meetings over the course of the 1st and 2nd semester in the Senior Honours year.

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





One question from a set of questions to be answered in a 3 hour exam (100%).

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable


Course Aims

The aims of the General Paper are to encourage and enable you to actively demonstrate the sociological imagination that you have developed throughout your university career, including the use of arguments from sociology, anthropology and criminology, and from all the other components of your Honours programmes. Without the substantive constraints of specialist options, or the focussed depth of projects and, especially, dissertations, the General Paper aims to encourage you to use your individual imagination and knowledge actively in accounting sociologically for all, or any, aspects of social life.

These aims follow from those of the subject area's Honours programme which include the intention of developing a critical understanding and application of:

  Specialist theories and concepts in Sociology and/or Anthropology and/or Criminology;


  Research evidence;

  Methodologies of sociological, anthropological or criminological research.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

  Actively apply your 'sociological' imaginations' to any aspect of social life or to the analysis of any social problem;

  Select and review relevant theories, tools of analysis, methodologies and methods of sociological, anthropological or criminological research to answer many types of questions succinctly and critically;

  Evaluate contemporary developments, issues and debates in sociology, anthropology and criminology in contemporary social commentary and political debate;

  Appreciate how to apply all relevant materials to your chosen topic;

  Be self-aware and self-critical about what you have learned through the exercise.

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.