1 x 2-hour workshop weekly
4.5 units of first level topics
Assumed knowledge
First year sociology topic knowledge, or first year knowledge gained from humanities or social science topics
Topic description

Does society still exist? Or are we first and foremost individuals? How can we make sense of social worlds? In this topic, we dive into contemporary approaches in social theory to investigate the building blocks that underpin our social existence. Students will be facilitated to develop a response to questions concerning, for example, action, power, cultural meaning, and social critique.

Educational aims

This topic aims to:

  • Explore contemporary debates in social theory
  • Provide opportunities for the further development of skills such as, critical analysis, logic, argument contstruction and development, and independent learning
  • Encourage constructive and informed participation in seminars and tutorials
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Describe, compare and evaluate a range of sociological perspectives relating to a range of problematic in classical and contemporary social theory
  2. Undertake research that is critical and independent
  3. Understand how sociological perspectives are applied to contemporary social issues
  4. Use academic conventions in assessments