module specification

SS4000 - Cultures, Identity and Difference (2024/25)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2024/25
Module title Cultures, Identity and Difference
Module level Certificate (04)
Credit rating for module 30
School School of Social Sciences and Professions
Total study hours 300
188 hours Guided independent study
72 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
40 hours Assessment Preparation / Delivery
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 50%   Workbook 2000 words
Coursework 50%   Essay 2000 words
Running in 2024/25

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Year North Tuesday Afternoon

Module summary

This module examines the changing pattern of households and family life, work and employment, with a particular emphasis on differences in cultures and identities and how these interlink with social divisions. It addresses causes and patterns of inequality, and the opportunities and challenges of living in a super diverse society.

The module includes significant elements of study skills development, orientation to the university and the expectations of the university and course.  The study skills element is embedded in the provision of the module.

The module is taught over 30 weeks and is assessed by workbooks and an essay.


Aims of the module


This module aims to:

1. Introduce students to university life and to the expectations of the course and academic life.

2. Identify changing patterns of households, family life, work and employment.

3. Explain differing patterns on inequality and the socio-political perspectives to issues of community, culture, multiculturalism, social exclusion and social cohesion.

4. Develop student skills in retrieving information, academic writing and presenting information to a range of audiences

Prior learning requirements



  1. Orientation to the course, the schools and the university
  2. Definitions of community; differing communities & community cohesion; (LO1)
  3. Sociological approach to culture, difference and social divisions; living in a multi-cultural society. (LO1. LO2)
  4. Ideologies and social structures (LO2)
  5. Social patterns and social changes – family, education, work; ‘race’ & ethnicity, religion, social class, media & crime and control (LO2)
  6. Skills development (reading, essay writing, report writing, presentation skills, IT skills) (LO3, LO4)

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

Total learning hours are 300 for the module. The module will be taught by a weekly lecture of one hour duration with one hour seminar and one hour workshop sessions. A student-centred approach will be adopted in teaching and learning on the module, relying on class discussions / activities, reflections and expert inputs from external practitioners wherever possible as well as visits, if possible, to places, institutions and centres within public and Third Sector.

A lecture introducing the topic will be followed by a seminar where the emphasis will be on student empowerment through active participation and group work.  

Weekly reading is expected in order to get the most out of the module.

Most sessions will be a combination of:

  • lectures or direct teaching
  • group work
  • visits
  • study skills such as paragraph writing, guided reading or referencing tips
  • online activity / Interactive learning experiences
  • preparation for assignments

Learning outcomes

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

1. Evaluate differing viewpoints on concepts of community, culture and change. (LO1)

2. Identify the key causes of inequality and evaluate policies and debates on social cohesion, inequality and ‘problem’ communities. (LO2)

3. Write academically and present information in academic conventions. (LO3)

4. Use IT skills to research, study, communicate and work (LO4)


The reading list for this module can be found here: