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.
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.