Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Everyday Social Worlds
Academic Year
Semester 1
Reading List
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Case Study Report  2500 Words  50%
Semester Exam End of module assessment  50%
Supplementary Assessment Case Study Report  2500 Words  50%
Supplementary Exam End of module assessment  50%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

​1. Critically evaluate the way in which social theorists, writing from different traditions, have conceptualised the notion of the everyday.

2. Critically evaluate the way in which the notion of the everyday can be used as a lens to understand different aspects of social, cultural and political life.

3. Synthesise in an effective manner conceptual and more empirical approaches to the everyday.

Brief description

​This module introduces students to one of the core cross-cutting concepts within the contemporary social sciences; namely the way in which individuals experience different aspects of social, cultural and political life in everyday settings.

In framing the module in such a way, students will be able to appreciate how many of the key institutions of modernity exist not only in abstract terms but also in the concrete and everyday experiences of individuals and groups.

The module will discuss a broad range of aspects of social, cultural and political life, with the specific focus in any given year being derived from relevant academic research and contemporary events in the media.


The module is divided into two parts. In the first half, students will explore the work of key theorists of the everyday, including Lefebvre, de Certeau, Auge, Goffman and Kracauer. In the second half, students will examine a series of case studies, which illuminate the significance of the everyday for social, cultural and political life. The case studies include – but are not limited to – the nation, political discourse, news media, material culture, photography, reality TV shows, CCTV, the office, the home, the street.​

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Not explicitly developed in this module, though students may use these skills for their case study report.
Communication The module will develop students’ written communication skills through the requirement to complete written assessments. In addition, students will develop their oral communication skills through team-working and involvement in class exercises.
Improving own Learning and Performance Student attendance and participation in the lectures will help them to enhance a range of learning skills. The module also requires students to participate in group discussions and extensive self-directed study.
Information Technology Students will be required to undertake research for the module using bibliographic search engines and library catalogues, as well as on-line sources of policy-related information. They will also utilize standard word-processing packages in the completion of the coursework.
Personal Development and Career planning The module will help students to develop a range of transferable skills including policy analysis, time management, self-discipline, research planning and team-working in class exercises.
Problem solving The module will develop students’ problem-solving skills in a number of ways. Students will be required to analyse a range of sources and texts as part of their independent research and coursework assessment.
Research skills Students are expected to research and synthesize a range of academic source material in preparing for classes and for their assessments.
Subject Specific Skills The module will enable students to develop and practice subject-specific skills in Sociology.
Team work The classes will include problem-solving exercises and group discussions which will provide opportunities for students to develop team-working skills and discuss their thoughts with the class.


This module is at CQFW Level 6