Undergraduate Module Descriptor

SOC1036: Foucault-Discipline and Punish

This module descriptor refers to the 2016/7 academic year.

Module Aims

This course for beginners in the sociology and philosophy of society will provide you with important skills in academic and professional life, concerning knowledge and critical analytic ability and informative writing. Aims include:

-          Introducing you to concepts of modernity, critical analysis and types of arguments

-          Familiarizing you with an important work in 20th century theory of Modernity

-          Introducing you to current theories of power, and the formation of the self and society

-          Advancing analytic skills in working with theoretical texts and ideas

-          Practising discussion and the expression of ideas in different group formations

-          Systematically practising how to tease out the relevant points in a larger academic work, presenting them and criticising them in discussions and writing.

These elements are basic academic skills in philosophy and the social sciences, they are also transferable, and highly valued in many societal contexts where critical ability and the handling of complex situations or information matters.

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. engage in in-depth study of a text through detailed reading and analysis;
2. understand the historical and social context of production of Discipline and Punish;
3. question/criticise the text’s approach from different perspectives;
Discipline-Specific Skills4. demonstrate the ability to analyse philosophical arguments;
5. reason about the abstract and concrete problems addressed in texts;
6. write well-argued essays using appropriate philosophical arguments and language;
Personal and Key Skills7. construct and evaluate arguments;
8. formulate and express ideas at different levels of abstraction; and
9. assess, analyse, discuss, and criticise the views of others.