Undergraduate Module Descriptor

SOC2005: Theoretical Sociology

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

Module Aims

In this course, you will be introduced to a wide range of theoretical texts in social theory, and will develop an ability to read such texts closely. However, you will also be encouraged to think critically about the nature and purpose of social theorizing—to ask what the point of abstract theory is, and what theory is good for. We will then examine a range of theoretical perspectives and substantive topics that can be used to deepen our understanding of the social nature of personal and everyday experiences—of ourselves, and of others in our society and around the world. In assignments and exams, you will be expected to illustrate and extend the ideas they encounter, using concrete examples from their own lives and surroundings.

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 current perspectives in social theory
2. demonstrate an ability to critically evaluate these perspectives and to relate these perspectives to empirical studies and findings;
Discipline-Specific Skills3. demonstrate in writing an ability to reflect upon, apply and criticise theoretical models and conjectures generally,
4. show an ability to analyse and critically engage with materials involving complex reasoning;
Personal and Key Skills5. demonstrate an ability to critically engage in complex arguments verbally and in small groups.
6. demonstrate an ability to effectively communicate in written form complex arguments and ideas