Sociology has mounted a powerful attack on biological determinism


The assessment for this module will be: 50% Examination

                                                               50% Coursework


Examination – (2 hour paper ) 12 May 2015


Coursework – 1 essay – to be submitted 10 March 2015

“Sociology has mounted a powerful attack on biological determinism.” Discuss. (1500 words)

We want to encourage students to develop their ability to reflect critically on their own work – both outcome and process. To this effect you will have an opportunity to complete a short reflective commentary – 200 words in total. The following questions should form the basis of your discussion:-

  • What do you consider to be a fair mark for your assignment?
  • What are the strengths of the essay?
  • What are the weaknesses of the essay?
  • If you were given the opportunity to start the essay from the beginning – what would you do differently?  

Although there will not be a penalty for non-submission of this exercise, you can gain up to 10% for a discussion which shows an ability to think perceptively, critically and creatively about the learning process. In effect, a mark of 35% can become a mark of 45% or a mark of 70% can become one of 80%.


The commentary should be submitted as an appendix to your essay.