Degree Module: Sociology of the Family


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



Level SCQF 7

Delivery Online 

Access all of your learning or assessments via Brightspace, our virtual learning environment, or Google classrooms using a mixture of self directed study and online discussion boards.

Location Remote

Duration One semester (18 weeks), available to study in January


Course content...

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.


What next... 

HNC Social Sciences

BA (Hons) Social Sciences, depending on additional qualifications and experience.



Entry requirements

Students should have one relevant A-C pass at Higher level.