Undergraduate Module Descriptor

ANT2105: Contemporary Capitalism, Critique and Resistance

This module descriptor refers to the 2019/0 academic year.

Module Aims

The module aims to provide you with an in-depth knowledge of various institutions, organisations, processes, values and resistance movements making up the contemporary Western world. By encouraging you to engage critically with these topics, it also aims to equip you with the means to question taken-for-granted assumptions about the contemporary situation, understand the factors leading to different forms of social and environmental problems, forms of social unrest responding to them, as well as the achievements and shortcomings of contemporary resistance movements.

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 perspectives on contemporary capitalism
2. Critically evaluate these perspectives and relate them to empirical studies and findings
3. Critically evaluate the effects of powerful social actors’ decisions and resistance movements on the social structure, culture, the economy and the environment
Discipline-Specific Skills4. Reflect upon, apply, and criticise sociological theories and empirical findings
5. Demonstrate in writing and orally a capacity question taken-for-granted assumptions
Personal and Key Skills6. Engage in complex arguments in writing, orally and in small groups
7. Identify problems and anticipate possible avenues for solving them