Undergraduate Module Descriptor

SOC2005: Theoretical Sociology

This module descriptor refers to the 2017/8 academic year.


NQF Level 5
Credits 30 ECTS Value 15
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (11 weeks) and term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Christopher Thorpe (Lecturer)





Available via distance learning


This module will introduce you to a variety of studies perspectives in social theory. Topics can broadly be grouped under two headings, though inter-relations between the two will be explored: general understandings of social relations and processes (such as ethno-methodology and actor-network theory); and big ideas about the shape of contemporary society (such as Lyotard’s ideas about postmodernity and Foucault’s ideas about on discipline). You will have the opportunity to think about how to apply theory in order to better understand your own experiences, as well as the world around you. You should have completed core first-year modules in sociology or anthropology before taking this module. The module is not suitable for non-specialists or interdisciplinary pathways.

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