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Sociological Perspectives (SO114-30)

Topics covered

The following is an indicative list of topics for this module; precise seminar content may change from year to year.

  • Order and Social Solidarity: Durkheim on Individualism, Collectivism and Social Cohesion
  • Modes of institutional membership. The Nation-State and Nationalism
  • Order through ritual
  • Order through shared perceptions: Mary Douglas
  • The ordering of everyday life
  • Capitalism, class conflict and the rise of the bourgeoisie: Marx
  • Capitalism and Religion: Weber
  • The Individual and Society: Fashion
Timing and CATS

This module is a full year module and is worth 30 CATS.

Programme content

This module will allow students to: understand the distinctive features of sociology as a critical discipline and approaches to social analysis associated with it; develop an understanding and critical awareness of major classical and contemporary sociological perspectives and traditions, and the social contexts in which they emerged; and apply their knowledge of major sociological perspectives and traditions to contemporary social contexts, drawing on appropriate studies and research evidence.

Module Director:
Charles Turner