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SO945 - Politics and Social Theory

  • Module code: SO945
  • Module name: Politics and Social Theory
  • Department: Sociology
  • Credit: 20

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

This module aims to introduce you to or reacquaint you with some of the major statements in the broad area of social and political thought. The phrase „social and political thought? sounds innocent enough, but as we will see, social and political understandings of human affairs are not necessarily the same; we will read political thinkers whose work has a strong social element as well as classics of sociology whose work is more political than you might expect. The material will be organised and thought about by concentrating on two related themes: the institutional relationship between the individual, intermediate groups and the state; and the place of politics within a human life. We will see that much of this material has a bearing on current debates about multiculturalism and social and political integration, religion and politics, and so on.

Timetabled teaching activities

2 hour seminars, mainly with student presentations.

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
20 CATS (Module code: SO945-20)
A1 (Assessed work only) 4000 word case study analysis 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

  • Postgraduate Taught Social and Political Thought (L3P8) - Year 2
Optional Core


  • Postgraduate Taught Sociology (L3PD) - Year 2
  • Postgraduate Taught Social Research (L3PE) - Year 2
  • Taught Postgraduate Science, Media and Public Policy (L3PV) - Year 2
  • Postgraduate Taught Gender and International Development (M9P7) - Year 2