SC2163 Sociological theory and analysis
This course replaces SC3053 Sociological theory.
This course may not be taken with SC3053 Sociological theory.
Prerequisites (applies to degree students only)
SC1021 Principles of sociology.
The 'Classical' tradition: The emergence of social theory in the philosophy of the Enlightenment and its development through the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in the writings of Marx, Durkheim and Weber and in the emerging discipline of sociology.
Twentieth century developments: The development and expansion of sociological theory in functionalism and structural functionalism social action theory, symbolic interactionism, critical theory and the Frankfurt School particularly in the works of Parsons, Mead, Garfinkel, Goffman, Adorno and Horkheimer, Habermas, Bourdieu, Giddens.
New directions: The impact of post-structuralist and postmodernist ideas and the consequences of the 'cultural turn' in sociological thought along with new directions in sociological theory prompted by the intensification of processes of globalisation and capitalisation. Attention will be given to contemporary social thought particularly in the work of Foucault, Lash and Urry, Castells, and Hardt and Negri.