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Postgraduate Module Descriptor

SOCM024: Cultural Sociology

This module descriptor refers to the 2018/9 academic year.


NQF Level7
Credits30 ECTS Value15
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Christopher Thorpe (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


This module will provide you with an advanced introduction to the different schools of thought utilised in cultural sociology. You will be familiarised with the central theoretical, conceptual, methodological and empirical dimensions of the field. You will critically evaluate major paradigms of cultural-sociological analysis used across the world, including Marxism, neo-Marxism, mass culture theory, production of culture, the sociology of art and new sociologies of art, Bourdieu and Bourdieusianism, structuralism and post-structuralism, the Yale School, Actor Network Theory, and globalization models, among various others. You will consider themes such as the nature of culture, relations between culture and power, and how culture informs human agency and subjectivity. The course lays the necessary conceptual, methodological and substantive foundations for you to carry out your own independent research in the cultural sociological field.

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