module specification

IF3057 - Themes in Social Sciences and Humanities 2 (2017/18)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2017/18
Module title Themes in Social Sciences and Humanities 2
Module level Foundation (03)
Credit rating for module 15
School Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities
Total study hours 150
90 hours Guided independent study
60 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Other 50%   Oral synopsis
Coursework 50%   Written coursework
Running in 2017/18 No instances running in the year

Module summary

This module provides an introduction to key themes and concepts within Social Sciences and Humanities.

Module aims

This module aims to:

Introduce students to some of the key themes and concepts within the Social Sciences and Humanities.

Enable students to understand and discuss key issues and use appropriate discipline-specific vocabulary and terminology.

Enable students to develop their reading and seminar skills and to respond critically and analytically to a range of texts.

Provide students with an opportunity to develop their digital literacies to enhance their learning experience

Enable students to produce structured arguments in written and oral forms.

Introduce students to texts and ideas by authors from range of cultural, national and ethnic backgrounds

Allow students to assess their own interests and make informed choices to progress to pathways at undergraduate level.


The syllabus will introduce students to key themes within the Social Sciences and Humanities,
covering specific topics within the broad areas of media, crime and deviance and ‘race’ and ethnicity.  Content will be provided through a range of formats, with students required to engage with academic journals, newspaper articles, film, music video and documentary.
The module seeks to develop independent study skills and will focus on student centered learning, with ideas generated and developed through extensive discussion, reading, viewing and critical reflection.
Students will be encouraged to develop and expand their own ideas through engagement with the work of scholars and commentators from a range of cultural backgrounds.

Learning and teaching

The module is delivered through teacher-led classes, discussion, group work and tutorials (60 hrs).
Students will also engage in ongoing self-directed study to enable them to improve their reading and writing skills and complete required assessment components (90 hrs).
Module information including module booklet and assessment details is available on WebLearn. Blended learning resources such as homework tasks, reading resources, study support resources and web links are also on WebLearn.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of key themes and concepts within Social Sciences and Humanities from a variety of viewpoints
  2. Summarise and critically respond to a range of material using appropriate subject specific language through written and oral discourse
  3. Produce well structured and logical arguments in written form
  4. Use a range of digital technologies to source information
  5. Make an informed choice regarding progression within London Met

Assessment strategy

The module is assessed by two units.

1. Oral assessment - Synopsis of a reading/discussion (50%)
2. Written coursework (50%)


Bancroft, A., & Fevre, R. (2010). Dead White Men and Other Important People: Sociology's Big Ideas. Palgrave Macmillan

Becket, A (2004) The Making of The Terror Myth
Dines, G., & Humez, J. (1995). Gender, race and class in media. Thousand Oaks.

Dines, G., & Humez, J. M.  (2003). Gender, race, and class in media: A text-reader. Sage.

Dines, G., & Humez, J. M.  (2014). Gender, Race and Class in Media: a Critical Reader. Sage.

Giddens, A. (2009) Sociology (Polity Press, Cambridge)

Greer, C.  (ed.) (2010) Crime and Media: a Reader, London: Routledge, Section Five
Herman, E. S., & Chomsky, N. (2008). Manufacturing consent: The political economy of the mass media. Random House.
Jewkes, Y. (2011) Crime and Media, 2nd edition, London: SAGE Publications
Muncie, J. (2009) Youth and Crime, 3rd edition, London: SAGE Publications
Pilkington, A. Yeo, A. & Haralambos, M. (2009) Sociology in Focus For AQA A2 level

Rodman, G. B. (Ed.). (2014). The Race and Media Reader.

Rowe, M. (2012). Race & Crime. SAGE Publications.