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1. Key Information3
2. Introduction to the Module3
3. Intended Learning Outcomes4
4. Outline Delivery5
4.1 Attendance Requirements6
5. Assessment11
6. How is My Work Marked?12
7. Assessment Criteria and Marking Standards15
8. Assessment Offences17
9. Learning Resources19
9.1. Library19
9.2. Other Resources20
10. Module Evaluation21
11. Report on Last Delivery of Module21

1. Key Information

Module/Unit title: Comparing Social Lives

Module Leader: Peter Emmerson
Cambridge
Helmore Room: 205
Extension:
Email: peter.emmerson@anglia.ac.uk

Module Tutors:Peter Emmerson

Every module has a Module Definition Form (MDF) which is the officially validated record of the module. You can access the MDF for this module in three ways via:

• the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)
• the My.Anglia Module Catalogue at www.anglia.ac.uk/modulecatalogue • Anglia Ruskin’s module search engine facility at www.anglia.ac.uk/modules

All modules delivered by Anglia Ruskin University at its main campuses in the UK and at Associate Colleges throughout the UK and overseas are governed by the Academic Regulations. You can view these at www.anglia.ac.uk/academicregs. A printed extract of the Academic Regulations, known as the Assessment Regulations, is available for every student from your Faculty Office (all new students will have received a copy as part of their welcome pack).

In the unlikely event of any discrepancy between the Academic Regulations and any other publication, including this module guide, the Academic Regulations, as the definitive document, take precedence over all other publications and will be applied in all cases.

2. Introduction to the Module

This module introduces students to the value of a comparative perspective in sociological study. By drawing on historical, anthropological and cross-cultural studies, the module explores the material basis and socially-constructed nature of social institutions, practices and belief systems. In particular, the module aims to draw attention to the potential ethnic bias of a perspective based on ‘western’ thinking. Students will draw from a range of subjects including; kinship and marriage, children and childhoods, health beliefs, settled and travelling cultures and ways of thinking about time, to investigate how and why different societies are organised in particular ways at certain times and in certain places. The module will focus on the similarities and differences found across societies and begin to explore the impact of processes of globalisation. It will encourage students to reflect on their own autobiographies to place themselves in a local, national and global context.

The student learning experience will be based around a combination of lectures, seminars and video based workshops, readings relevant to the module, the examination of a selected article for a stimulus-response exercise and an essay. Through these, participants will have the opportunity to develop a growing knowledge base in sociology and sociological/allied methods, along with transferable skills such as comparative analysis, critical appraisal of audio-visual and written materials, group discussion, literature searching and formal writing.

The assessment will include a stimulus-response exercise and an essay of 2000 words.

3. Intended Learning Outcomes

In successfully completing this module you will have shown that you can do all things listed below. The list is meant as a guide to inform you of what you will be expected to do in your assessments and as a means of checking your progress. If you are unsure of the meaning of any of the following then either look it up or ask your module tutor – it is important.

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

1. Demonstrate a basic knowledge and understanding of the similarities, differences and...
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