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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

SOC1037: Introduction to Social Analysis: Classical Social Theory

This module descriptor refers to the 2016/7 academic year.

Module Aims

Students will learn about the significance and fecundity of basic theoretical ideas and principles for thinking about and investigating the social world sociologically and social scientifically. In addition to attaining a basic familiarity and understanding of the core ideas in classical social theory, the module aims to demonstrate and promote further reflection on their continuing relevance both to the foundations of the social sciences and to our lives and the wider world in which we live.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here – you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. explain and illustrate different modes of social analysis and their concomitant theoretical / conceptual frameworks;
2. exhibit awareness of the historical, social and political origins of classical social theory and modern society;
3. think about social, psychological and personal issues in a specifically sociological manner;
Discipline-Specific Skills4. reason and construct written arguments in a sociological manner;
5. use evidence, analysis and argument in a sociological manner;
6. read classic and contemporary textual material both in terms of historical situatedness and wider significance to the discipline;
Personal and Key Skills7. formulate and discuss core theoretical ideas and apply them to various social issues; and
8. challenge 'common sense' assumptions about individual and social reality.