Undergraduate Module Descriptor

SOC1038: Introduction to Social Analysis: Contemporary Social Theory

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


NQF Level 4
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 2 (11 weeks)

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Available via distance learning


In this module you will be introduced to some of the key issues, debates, schools of thought and methods of investigation which have made their way into sociology and cognate social science disciplines since the end of the Second World War. A fairly wide range of forms of social analysis will be covered – such as functionalism, critical theory, social constructionism, race critical theory, feminism – and discussed in light of some of the key socio-historical developments since the 1940s. The central questions to be pursued are: is contemporary social reality best understood in terms of consensus or super-imposed discipline? to what extent do social structures constrain our actions? what does it mean to say that reality is socially constructed? what characterises contemporary forms of inequality and how can one best make sense of them?

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