Sociology is the critical study of society and SC111, The Sociological Imagination, offers an introduction to sociological analysis and argument about key features of society. It has two aims: first, to introduce you to the systematic examination of empirical data about British society and other societies across the world, including some of the major changes that are occurring and their implications; second, it aims to show you how sociological concepts and theories can help you to understand and explain empirical data. The module is organised around substantive topics of current interest and importance, such as stratification, migration, religious beliefs, and the activities of multinational corporations. The module provides a foundation for our second and third year modules where many of these areas and the sociological thinking about them are explored more fully. SC111 also incorporates additional teaching on writing and academic skills, including essay writing, citation, referencing, and the use of the internet as a research tool.