Class and Everyday Life SOCIO4091

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Social and Political Sciences
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2 (Alternate Years)
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course aims to give you an overview of the state of the 'sociology of class' today. It will explore the continued relevance of class in present conjuncture, examining the role of class in the context of deindustrialisation, individualisation, neoliberalism and austerity. It will evaluate the prevailing descriptive and analytical approaches to class and examine the value in approaching class through an everyday lens to evaluate how we might develop more expansive notions of class. The first half of the course will explore foundational  and contemporary studies of class. The second half of the course examines how class manifests in our everyday lives through such things as our relationships, job, music, sports, where we live etc. It invites students to evaluate the everyday as a key analytical lens for reading class by inviting you to apply it to everyday topics and aspects of your own everyday life. We will address questions such as: how might we understand how class is negotiated and resisted in the everyday? How is class made and remade? Which forces shape the formation of the working-class subject? How might we incorporate the study of resistance, collectivity and solidarity to the study of class? How might we develop more expansive notions of class which acknowledges social reproduction and is multi-ethnic? What is the role of the sociology of class in class politics? Can the sociology of class have radical potential? 


Semester 2

Requirements of Entry

Mandatory Entry Requirements

In order to take this course you need to have met the requirements for entry into our Honours Programme. Basically, this means achieving a grade of 'D' or better in Sociology 1A and 1B and a 'C' or better in Sociology 2A and 2B. You also have to comply with the College of Social Science regulations for progression to Honours.

Excluded Courses





Two summative assessments:

One 3,000 word essay

A weekly 'blog' diary critically reflecting on class in everyday life  (this would be for 5 weeks)

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. Where, exceptionally, reassessment on Honours courses is required to satisfy professional/accreditation requirements, only the overall course grade achieved at the first attempt will contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

to examine classic and contemporary theories of class

to enhance knowledge of the contemporary debates and research on class inequalities

to critically analyse key areas of class research and everyday life

to evaluate empirical research and evidence of class within everyday social life

to develop a complex, critical perspective on the processes which shape class today

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Demonstrate an understanding of the key sociological theories and concepts of class and evaluate their relative strengths and weaknesses

■ Critically assess the various ways in which scholars claims to be able to analyse and describe class 

■ Assess the continued relevance of the role of class analysis within social theory and social life

■ Critically analyse how class impact individuals' lived experience and manifests in everyday life

■ Apply class as a critical lens to explore various aspects of social life and investigate its empirical manifestations

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.