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Module Title LI Modern Sociological Theory B
SchoolSchool of Social Policy
Department Soc Policy, Sociology & Crimin
Module Code 08 16780
Module Lead Dr Will Leggett
Level Intermediate Level
Credits 10
Semester Semester 2
Pre-requisites
Co-requisites LI Modern Sociological Theory A - (08 16779)
Restrictions Sociology (compulsory) and relevant JH Sociology
Contact Hours Lecture-10 hours
Seminar-10 hours
Tutorial-0 hours
Project supervision-0 hours
Demonstration-0 hours
Practical Classes and workshops-0 hours
Supervised time in studio/workshop-0 hours
Fieldwork-0 hours
External Visits-0 hours
Work based learning-0 hours
Guided independent study-80 hours
Placement-0 hours
Year Abroad-0 hours
Exclusions
Description This module introduces the central ideas of key thinkers in the sociological tradition, as they sought to understand the development of modern industrial societies from the nineteenth century to the 1970s. The module opens with a detailed survey of the three 'founding' thinkers of modern sociology - Marx, Durkheim and Weber, as well as an introduction to those who introduced micro-sociological approaches to the study of everyday life (eg Simmel). Later, competing interpretations of the character of modern societies are then examined, ranging from the functionalist society of Talcott Parsons to the more pessimistic analysis of the Frankfurt School of critical theorists. The subsequent turning of modern sociological theory against itself, and the emergence of postmodernism, are the starting point for the Level H core module, Contemporary Social Theory.
Learning Outcomes By the end of the module the student should be able to identify, compare and critically assess the theoretical approach, substantive analyses and implications of the work of key sociological theorists in this period.
Assessment 16780-01 : Summative 3000 Essay : Coursework (50%)
16780-02 : Exam 3 hr : Exam (Centrally Timetabled) - Written Unseen (50%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions Assessed jointly with 08 16779: 1 x 3000 word essay - 50% One x 3hr examination - 50%
Other
Reading List Morrison K. Marx, Durkheim, Weber.
Callinicos A. Social Theory: A Historical Introduction.
Craib A. Classical Social Theory.
Giddens A. Capitalism and Modern Social Theory.