module specification

SS5067 - Sociology of Everyday Life (2024/25)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2024/25
Module title Sociology of Everyday Life
Module level Intermediate (05)
Credit rating for module 15
School School of Social Sciences and Professions
Total study hours 150
36 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
90 hours Guided independent study
24 hours Assessment Preparation / Delivery
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 20%   Portfolio: two short descriptions of everyday
Coursework 80%   Essay 2000 words
Running in 2024/25

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Spring semester North Friday Morning

Module summary

In this module you will learn to apply sociological understanding and methodology of observing and explaining the everyday life: its routines, rhythms and those aspects of social life that we consider familiar and known. You will be able to see the strange in the familiar, learning the practice of sociological thinking. You will be asked to suspend any taken for granted assumptions about the rules and routines of social life, and look at everyday behaviour from the perspective of an external observer. You will learn how everyday life has come to be theorised and understood by key sociological thinkers. Alongside this, you will learn about sociological approaches to topics such as home, eating, shopping, emotions, embarrassment, shame and romance.

Prior learning requirements

Available for Study Abroad? YES


• Understanding everyday life
• Theorising the everyday
• Method of observing the everyday
• Rituals and routines
• Home
• Emotions: embarrassment and shame
• Romance
• Eating and Drinking
• Pets

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

Teaching will comprise weekly lectures followed by exercises and reflexive discussion in seminars. Teaching will be informed by research and scholarly activities of the tutors.

Learning: Learning will be supported by the Weblearn site for the module which will include all the teaching materials and guidance for assessment.

The students will be encouraged to engage with contemporary issues and follow the current debates in the media.  This will be supported by Weblearn-based materials and forums.

Learning outcomes

1. Demonstrate an understanding of some of the main theoretical approaches in the sociology of everyday life.
2. Identify and analyse the social rules, routines and the familiar that shape interaction in a particular context.
3. Demonstrate ability to apply the method of observing one of the aspects of the everyday covered in this module.