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Modernity: Foundations of Sociology (SOTH20002)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Overview

Year of offer2018
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codeSOTH20002
Campus
Parkville
Availability
Semester 1
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This subject is primarily concerned with the ideas about society that have anchored the disciplines of sociology and social theory in the 19th and 20th centuries. It critically assesses these ideas through an examination of the works of key social theorists. Students completing this subject should have developed an understanding of the central ideas of key thinkers in the social-theoretical tradition, among them, Marx, Durkheim, Weber, Simmel and Freud, and developed an understanding of some central issues and themes about society such as power, culture, structure and self through a critical engagement with the work of these thinkers.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject students should:

  • Have knowledge of the major ideas and theories of classical and contemporary social theory;
  • Have background in the social theoretical traditions on which to base further research and study in the area;
  • Have experience of thinking systematically about difficult intellectual problems of an abstract nature;
  • Have practice conducting research, speaking articulately, writing clearly and reading with attention to detail;
  • Have experience with methods of critical analysis and argument employed in the social theoretical traditions, leading to improved general reasoning and analytical skills;
  • Develop an understanding of the central ideas of key thinkers in the social-theoretical tradition, among Marx, Durkheim, Weber, Simmel and Freud;
  • Develop an understanding of some central issues and themes about society such as power, culture, structure and self through a critical engagement of the work of these thinkers.

Last updated: 10 February 2018