Further Explorations in Social Theory SOCIO4117

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Social and Political Sciences
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2 (Alternate Years)
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This course provides the opportunity for further explorations in social theory and is intended to complement both the pre-honours programme and the social theory course which runs in semester 1 (though you do not have to have taken that course to take this one). On this course we will look at how various forms of social theory can help understand, and critique, the world more fully than would be possible without a theoretical understanding. In doing so we'll draw across classical and contemporary writers and discuss how useful we may, or may not, find their ideas. The focus here is on considering whether the writers we will discuss on this course provide us with useful tools to think with and to give you the opportunity to explore theoretical ideas beyond those you have already encountered.



Requirements of Entry

In order to take this course you need to have met the requirements for entry into our Honours Programme. This means achieving a grade of 'D' or better in Sociology 1A and 1B and a 'C' or better in Sociology 2A and 2B. You also have to comply with the College of Social Science regulations for progression to Honours.

Excluded Courses





This course will be assessed by a 4,000-word report. This report will ask you to apply two or three of the theoretical perspectives discussed on this course to a topic of your choosing. As part of this you will be asked to both demonstrate your knowledge of the theories and demonstrate how the ones you have chosen are or are not able to help us better understand the phenomenon you have chosen.

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

■ To introduce students to the work of social theorists not covered elsewhere in the Honours programme.

■ To allow students to further their own explorations of social theory and to build on knowledge gained in other Honours courses.

■ To discuss social theories as valuable tools to think with.

■ To introduce students to a variety of perspectives emerging from different historical and national contexts.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Demonstrate a sophisticated knowledge of a variety of theoretical perspectives.

■ Recognise the particular context from which these theories emerge.

■ Evaluate the intellectual and contemporary value of a variety of theoretical perspectives.

■ Apply theoretical perspectives to a topic of sociological relevance.

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.