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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

SOC1038: Introduction to Social Analysis: Contemporary Social Theory

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

Module Aims

You will be encouraged to develop both your own understanding of contemporary forms of social analysis and your capacity to engage critically with them, in such a way as to assess the relative relevance and usefulness of the various schools of thought for an analysis of some of key contemporary social issues and phenomena such as social order, inequalities, agency etc. 

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 developments influencing social analysis;
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 'commonsense' assumptions about individual and social reality.