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SO947 - Sociology of Modernity

  • Module code: SO947
  • Module name: Sociology of Modernity
  • Department: Sociology
  • Credit: 20

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

"All accounts of modernity that are worth reading try to answer two types of question. The first is analytical. How can sociology make sense of the modern world? Are terms like ""capitalism"", ""industrialism"", or ""modernity"" interchangeable, or do they imply different visions? To what extent can we make a distinction between the modern and the premodern worlds? What vision of history is at stake here? The second type of question is substantive: what are the basic institutions of modern society? What is the relationship between two of the modern world's most characteristic features: the individuals striving for autonomy, and the increasing human capacity to control and direct the forces of society and nature? This module will discuss the claims of a selected group of writers to have addressed both of these questions."

Timetabled teaching activities

2 hrs per week

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
20 CATS (Module code: SO947-20)
A (Assessed work only) 4000 word essay 100%
VA (Visiting students only) 100% assessed (part year) visiting 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



Optional Core


  • Taught Postgraduate Science, Media and Public Policy (L3PV) - Year 2