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In this subject, notions of "social solidarity", "collective memory", "emotion", and "morality" will be used to critically explore some features of relationships in modernity. Focusing on the lived experience of modernity, the course will examine what kinds of kinships, emotional states, ethical orientations modern living produces. Guided by key thinkers, students will discuss how modern social theory might inform our understanding of everyday lives and relationships, and help us articulate contemporary social conflicts. Students completing this subject should have developed an understanding of the major conceptual debates concerning the meaning of relationships in modernity, gained an awareness of the selected theoretical traditions through which this debate has been generated, and demonstrated this understanding through a critical engagement with the historical and theoretical literature.
Intended learning outcomes
- Have background in social theory on which to base further research and study in the area;
- Have experience of thinking systematically about difficult intellectual problems;
- 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 this area of social theory, leading to improved general reasoning and analytical skills;
- Develop an understanding of the major conceptual debates concerning the meaning of relationships in modernity;
- Gain an awareness of the selected philosophical and theoretical tradition, through which this debate has been generated
Students who successfully complete this subject will:
- develop skills in written and oral communication;
- conduct independent research;
- make appropriate use of primary and secondary sources in mounting an argument;
- form defensible judgements based on a critical evaluation of conflicting arguments.
Last updated: 6 December 2019