Aims/Description: The module explores concepts, arguments, and ideas that have decisively shaped and advanced social and sociological theory. After revisiting influential works in classical social thought (e.g. Marx), the module focuses on key interventions in critical theory (e.g. Horkheimer), feminist theory (e.g. Irigaray), postmodern theory (e.g. Lyotard), and poststructuralist theory (e.g. Foucault). The module aims to guide students in understanding, analysing, and evaluating the contributions of these theoretical frameworks to the critical examination of social relations and conditions and to the conception of sociology as the study of social conditions. The module involves close readings and discussions of primary theoretical texts.

Teaching Methods: Lectures, Seminars, Independent Study
Assessment: Course work

Information on the department responsible for this unit (Sociological Studies):

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