Introduction to the Social Sciences 1: Making Social Lives

Course code 74112

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For most of us everyday life is characterised by custom and habit, most of which we undertake most competently and without any great need for critical reflection.  However, when subjected to social science analysis it readily becomes apparent that our daily lives are a rich mix of routine and change, order and disorder, agreement and disagreement, friends and strangers, and much more that can appear simultaneously as normal, contradictory or simply confusing.  This course introduces students to the social sciences through critically analysing some of daily life – from city streets to shopping malls, from the natural world to rubbish dumps.  Along the way it demands that we consider how we are made as social beings, how our social lives are ordered, and how we interact with the broader world of people, goods and nature.

This course is not available to international students.

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Access to a DVD and CD player, Internet and email.


This course is 100% internally assessed


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