SY3001 1920 (T1) Exploring Communities as Social Scientists (OC)

This Module Guide provides everything you need to know to start doing SY3001 which is an introductory level core module, the aim of which is to enable you to be introduced to key concepts across the social sciences at the same time as developing your academic for successful learning in higher education on your chosen degree programme.

Teaching sessions will consist of lectures and smaller interactive seminars on Monday afternoons. We will also be making visits off campus that are linked to the assessed coursework. Sessions will include input on academic skills with tasks to complete during the week aimed at supporting your skills development.

Every week course material will be posted on the Moodle site. You should look at the site regularly and check your university email address for updates from your tutors.

All students are expected to attend every session and to complete all coursework on time. More information about this is included below.


This module extends your understanding of local and global communities through applying the sociological concepts of community, identity, place, social memory and migration. It builds on your existing knowledge of the global and local contexts of your future academic study and employment.
Cultural capital and knowledge of the complexities of communities will be introduced through topical readings, a guided walk of a London neighbourhood and a visit to a museum that you will prepare for and reflect on, using the key concepts of identity, place, social memory and migration.
Main topics:
• Introduction to key sociological concepts of community, identity, place, social memory, migration, global and local.
• The application of key sociological concepts to live contexts including a selected neighbourhood and a museum.
• Introduction to ‘reading’ institutions through scrutinizing their associated discourses, narratives, silences and everyday practices.
• Academic skills (independent and reflective learning, note-taking, summarising, paraphrasing, quoting, reading techniques, comparison, reviewing, referencing)

Primary Instructor: Ioannis Lignos, Georgie Wemyss