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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

SOC3147: Power and Domination

This module descriptor refers to the 2023/4 academic year.

Module Aims

The module aims to provide you with an in-depth knowledge of different social critiques, especially the conceptual tools each offers and the similarities and differences between them. You will be encouraged to engage critically with those approaches and reflect on their relevance to contemporary society. This module will equip you with the conceptual means to grapple with power and domination in intersectional terms, and identify, for yourself, what steps might be needed for bringing about social justice.

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. Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of a range of social critiques of power and domination
2. Critically evaluate these perspectives and relate them to empirical studies and findings
3. Critically evaluate the effects of powerful social actorsÂ’ decisions on the social fabric, culture, the economy and the environment
Discipline-Specific Skills4. Reflect upon, apply, and criticize critical social theories
5. Demonstrate in writing and orally a capacity to question taken-for-granted assumptions about the world around you
6. Demonstrate in writing and orally a capacity to develop independent theoretical thinking about the operations of power and domination
Personal and Key Skills7. Engage in complex arguments in writing, orally and in small groups
8. Identify problems and anticipate possible avenues for solving them