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2021/22 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

FOSS2001 State of Emergency: Social science and the COVID-19 pandemic

20 creditsClass Size: 300

Module manager: Dr Abel Ugba

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

This module is mutually exclusive with


This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

The COVID-19 pandemic has ignited a global crisis that has run through our social, political and legal institutions. In this entirely online module, designed specifically to respond to the changing landscape, we will consider the role that social science has in (1) understanding the pandemic, (2) government and community responses to the crisis and its ongoing social effects and (3) emergent ideas for how we should we live together and organise and regulate society in a world changed by the pandemic and its wide reaching social effects.


Throughout the module, students will be exploring key debates concerning the COVID-19 crisis, from a social science perspective, you will:

- Understand leading social science assessments of the COVID-19 pandemic;
- Think critically about how we live together, organise and regulate society in the future; and
- Synthesize and present material from across social sciences for a professional non-expert

Learning outcomes
This module will enable you to:

• Demonstrate a familiarity with critical assessments of the social, legal and political aspects of COVID-19 pandemic;
• Systematically explore and analyse social, legal and political problems and processes in practice;
• Apply newly acquired conceptual and methodological skills from across the social sciences to social issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic;
• Work independently as social researchers, applying concepts, theories and evidence to understand the inequalities underlying the pandemic, the community and political responses, and how we will may live together and regulate society in the future; and
• Summarise, synthesise and present research from across the social sciences to a professional but non-specialist audience.


Block 1: Social science and the Covid-19 Pandemic an introduction
- Social Scientists our Role
- Crisis and Social Change

Block 2: The Politics of COVID-19

Block 3: Social Lives in the era of Covid-19
- Inequalities, before, during and after
- Responses Communities institutions and governments
- The future

Block 4 Covid-19: Social Justice, Law and Regulation

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
On-line Learning113.0033.00
Private study hours167.00
Total Contact hours33.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Discussions forums lead by unit leaders; Blackboard Collaborate Q&A with unit leader, and module convenors.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Oral Presentation1 x Online Verbal Presentation100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Resit will be a video submission of presentation.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 18/11/2021


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