This subject involves the study of theory and empirical research in social and political relations, culture and ideology, and human subjectivity and action. Students who complete this subject should possess an awareness of the ways in which social theory can provide a critical perspective on standard approaches to the study of politics, and knowledge of a repertoire of social theory concepts and approaches which can be drawn upon to analyse political processes.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject students should:
Have knowledge of the major ideas and theories used to analyse social, cultural and political relations;
Be able to apply this knowledge to assist in an analysis of political processes;
Have experience of thinking systematically about difficult intellectual problems of an abstract nature;
Have experience with methods of critical analysis and argument employed in the social theoretical traditions, leading to improved general reasoning and analytical skills.