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SO344 - Sociology of Knowledge, Science and Intellectuals

  • Module code: SO344
  • Module name: Sociology of Knowledge, Science and Intellectuals
  • Department: Sociology
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

We consider the importance of animals to the way societies have developed, looking at processes of domestication, the role of animals in industrialisation and how animals are treated as commodities. We also think about the philosophical and moral underpinnings of human-animal relations and whether animal rights and animal welfare movements are improving the situation of animals in today’s societies. Human-Animal studies is a newly-emerging area of study which is particularly exciting because when we take animals into account it challenges not only our understandings of society but also our assumptions about what it is to be human.

Principal learning outcomes

You’ll learn how relations between humans and animals have changed over time and the important part animals play in human societies; you’ll develop your ability to think critically about human-animal relations and about sociological explanations that largely ignore the part played by animals in society. The module’s engagement with contemporary issues will give you an understanding of conflicts over animal experimentation, animal welfare and animal ethics and an insight into how societies are based not only on inequalities of class, gender and ‘race’ but also on inequalities between humans and other animals.

Departmental link

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/sociology/prospective/ugstudy/modules/so344

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: SO344-15)
A (Assessed work only) 3000 word essay 100%
B (Examination only) 2 hour examination (Summer) 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

Core

N/A

Optional Core

N/A

Optional
  • BA in Sociology (L301) - Year 2
  • BA in Sociology (L301) - Year 3
  • BA in Sociology (L303) - Year 3
  • BA in Sociology (L304) - Year 3
  • BA in Sociology (L305) - Year 3
  • BA in Sociology (with Intercalated Year) (L306) - Year 4
  • BA in Sociology (with Intercalated Year) (L308) - Year 4
  • BA in Sociology (with Intercalated Year) (L309) - Year 4
  • BA in Sociology (with Intercalated Year) (L310) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Sociology and Quantitative Methods (L311) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Sociology and Quantitative Methods (L311) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Politics and Sociology (ML13) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Politics and Sociology (with Intercalated year) (ML14) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Law and Sociology (ML33) - Year 4
  • BA in Law and Sociology (Qualifying Degree) (ML34) - Year 4
  • BA in Law and Sociology (Qualifying Degree) (with Intercalated year) (ML35) - Year 5
  • Undergraduate French with Sociology (R1L3) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (V7ML) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (V7ML) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (with Intercalated year) (V7MM) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (V7MP) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (V7MP) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (with Intercalated year) (V7MQ) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (V7MR) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (V7MR) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (V7MR) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (with Intercalated year) (V7MS) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate History and Sociology (VL13) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate History and Sociology (with Year Abroad) (VL14) - Year 4