Postgraduate Module Descriptor


SOCM023: Social Theory

This module descriptor refers to the 2022/3 academic year.

Module Aims

  • To provide a thorough and rigorous discussion of some of the main theoretical traditions and paradigms in sociology and anthropology.
  • To illustrate theories through the use of empirical research and examples.
  • To foster techniques of analytical and critical inquiry.

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 a thorough understanding of classical and contemporary social theories
2. Engage critically with classical and contemporary social theories
3. Interpret the social world through the prism of social theories and theoretical accounts
Discipline-Specific Skills4. Demonstrate in-depth awareness of the concepts/theories used by sociologists and anthropologists
5. Demonstrate in writing ability capacity to apply theoretical models and conjectures generally
6. Use empirical and historical case-studies to enrich and test social theories.
Personal and Key Skills7. critically engage in complex arguments verbally and in small groups
8. effectively communicate in written form complex arguments and ideas