Undergraduate Module Descriptor

SOC1037: Introduction to Social Analysis: Classical Social Theory

This module descriptor refers to the 2018/9 academic year.


NQF Level 4
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
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This module ran during term 1 (11 weeks)

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The module introduces the core ideas of the three classical theorists that have contributed most to the formation of modern sociology, the other social sciences, and the modern intellectual worldview: Emile Durkheim, Karl Marx, and Max Weber. The module looks at the ideas, theories and perspectives of Durkheim, Marx and Weber on each of the following three core areas of their shared interest in understanding and explaining the origins, development, structure, and trajectory of modern society: 1. The idea of social science, 2.The origin and development of modern society, and 3.Critical evaluation of the institutional framework of modern society. Ideas are examined in relation to the social, political and historical context out of which they emerged.

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