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SO128 - History of Sociological Thought

  • Module code: SO128
  • Module name: History of Sociological Thought
  • Department: Sociology
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

They asked three sorts of question: 1. The big ones: Does history have a coherent overall shape? How does change happen? What holds societies together? 2. Questions of political and cultural diagnosis: what are the major groups and forces at work today? How is politics in the conventional sense affected by social factors such as class, or status, ethnicity, or religion, or the state of the economy? 3. Is social science a science? Some of them thought that sociology could be a science comparable to physics, that laws of social life or of history might be discovered; others were committed to ‘science’ in a more general sense (as systematic inquiry); others just made very confident general statements about social life that can’t be ‘tested’ in any obvious way.

Principal learning outcomes

They all offered both techniques of thinking that continue to have some influence, and they were all public figures, concerned with the political, economic and cultural problems of their day.

Timetabled teaching activities

The module is taught through one weekly lecture and one weekly seminar.

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: SO128-15)
A (Assessed work only) 2000 word essay 100%
VA (Visiting students only) 100% assessed (part year) visiting 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

  • BA in Sociology (L301) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Sociology and Quantitative Methods (L311) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Sociology and Global Sustainable Development (L3L8) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate French with Sociology (R1L3) - Year 1
Optional Core
  • Undergraduate Health and Social Policy (LM49) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Health and Social Policy (LM49) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Health and Social Policy (LM49) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Health and Social Policy (LM49) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Politics and Sociology (ML13) - Year 1
  • BA in Law and Sociology (Qualifying Degree) (ML34) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate History and Sociology (VL13) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Social Studies (Part-time) (Y201) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Social Studies (Part-time) (Y201) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Social Studies (Part-time) (Y201) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Social Studies (Part-time) (Y201) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Social Studies (Part-time) (Y201) - Year 5
  • Undergraduate Social Studies (Part-time) (Y201) - Year 6
  • Undergraduate Social Studies (Part-time) (Y201) - Year 7
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (V7ML) - Year 1