Undergraduate Module Descriptor
SOC2005: Theoretical Sociology
This module descriptor refers to the 2021/2 academic year.
|Term(s) and duration|
This module will run during term 1 (11 weeks) and term 2 (11 weeks)
Dr Christopher Thorpe (Convenor)
Dr Ernesto Schwartz Marin (Convenor)
|Available via distance learning|
Christopher Thorpe will be the lecturer in term 1.
Ernesto Schwartz-Marin will be the lecturer in term 2.
This module will introduce you to a variety of perspectives in both classical and modern social theory. Topics can broadly be grouped under two headings, though inter-relations between the two will be explored: general understandings of social relations and processes (such as ethno-methodology and actor-network theory); and big ideas about the shape of contemporary society (such as Lyotard’s ideas about postmodernity and Foucault’s ideas about on discipline). You will have the opportunity to think about how to apply theory in order to better understand your own experiences, as well as the world around you. You should have completed core first-year modules in sociology or anthropology before taking this module. The module is not suitable for non-specialists or interdisciplinary pathways.