Students should be aware that third level sociology topics assume that they have attained knowledge and skills from first and second level offerings.
Sociologists develop knowledge about the social world. But what counts as knowledge? How does knowledge relate to power? How do cultural factors shape knowledge? What is the status of knowledge in a post-truth society? Different kinds of knowledge are suited to diverse contexts. For example, what kind of knowledge is needed for a flourishing democratic society? What kind of knowledge is needed for the workplace? These are some of the questions that may be investigated in this topic, which introduces students to themes and debates in the sociology of knowledge.
This topic aims to:
introduce and explain the assumptions underlying various approaches to knowledge in the field of sociology
analyse the essential role of theoretical understanding for all sociological research
familiarise students with a selection of classical and contemporary debates in the sociology of knowledge
familiarize students with the importance of cultural frameworks for knowledge formation
Expected learning outcomes
On successful completion of this topic, students should be able to:
comprehend the assumptions underlying a variety of perspectives, theories and methodologies in sociology
appreciate the essential role of theoretical understanding for all sociological research
critically engage with a selection of classical and contemporary sociological and approaches to knowledge
Key dates and timetable
Timetable details for 2020 are no longer published.
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