Degree Module: Sociology of the Family


SCQF Level 7


The module aims to provide an introduction to sociological concepts and issues through a focus on the family and broader connecting issues.

You will explore the following themes:

  • Introduction to sociological concepts;
  • The family as a social institution;
  • Family structures;
  • Family ideology;
  • Socialisation and social roles;
  • Marriage and its alternatives;
  • Social trends;
  • Social policy and the family;
  • Poverty and effects on family;
  • Parenting.

On successful completion, you will be able to:

  • Identify the sociological significance of family and kinship in relation to different theoretical interpretations;
  • Describe and explore a range of factors involved in socialisation processes in relation to roles, structures and historical changes;
  • Informatively discuss contemporary issues relating to demography, class and diversity;
  • Identify and evaluate areas of social policy affecting the modern family.

Entry requirements: 

Students should have passed 2 Highers at C or above.

Mode of delivery: Online

Duration: Semester 2 only - January to May

Further study might include: HNC Social Sciences/ BSc (Hons) Social Sciences depending on additional qualifications and experience.

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