Social Theory (Hons) SOCIO4090

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Social and Political Sciences
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

What is social theory? How has it developed from the nineteenth century up to the present day? Why should we read 'classical social theory' today? What are some of the different theoretical perspectives that sociologists and social anthropologists have developed in order to understand society? These are some of the questions we will be considering in this course. Building on knowledge gained at pre-honours levels it aims to help develop a more systematic and theoretical grasp of the disciplines of sociology and social anthropology as well as their contribution to the critical understanding of society.

Timetable

20 contact hours over the course of a single semester. This will normally consist of 2 hours per week and may be a combination of lectures and seminars/workshops.

Requirements of Entry

Mandatory Entry Requirements

Entry to Honours Sociology requires a grade point average of 12 (Grade C) over Sociology 2A and Sociology 2B as a first attempt.

Excluded Courses

none

Co-requisites

None.

Assessment

180-minute examination, two questions to be answered from different sections of the examination paper. Students will have range of questions from which they can choose.

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable

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Course Aims

The general aims of the course follow from the subject area's aim of developing a sound knowledge and critical understanding of the academic disciplines of Sociology and Social Anthropology. In keeping with this, the Honours programme as a whole aims to help develop increasingly advanced conceptual and analytical skills within the disciplines of Sociology and Anthropology. To pursue these aims, the course will:

■ build on knowledge gained at pre-honours levels in order to develop a more systematic and theoretical grasp of the disciplines of sociology and social anthropology as well as their contribution to the critical understanding of society;

■ examine critically the analytical frameworks of classical and contemporary social theories;

■ provide an adequate context for understanding different theoretical perspectives in sociology and anthropology;

■ enable you to enhance your transferable and inter-personal skills, particularly in communication, time management, individual and group research work, and critical appraisal of social issues.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of the course you should be able to:

■ demonstrate a clear understanding of the historical background to and context of the rise of modern social theory;

■ critically review some of the key works of social theory by both classical and contemporary writers;

■ display a wide-ranging awareness of a number of recent influential developments in, and reassessments of, sociological and anthropological thought.

■ display the following transferrable skills: a) the capacity to plan, organise and manage your work; b) the ability to assimilate and order material drawn from related disciplines such as history and philosophy.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.