SC1021 Principles of sociology
Section A: Theory and Method
What is sociology? the difference between lay and sociological knowledge of societies; the differences between sociology and related social sciences; the nature of sociological problems: social order, social change, social institutions and relationships between the individual and society; The concepts of role, identity and socialisation.
Sociological method: the scope of sociological research; the importance of conceptual thinking and measurement in social research; different theoretical models and analogies; the centrality of the debates concerning social research; the research process.
Theory and method: the concept of social theory; methodology: ontological, epistemological and technical questions; theories of knowledge: positivism/empiricism, interpretivism/phenomenology and social realism.
Theories of society: modernity and the genesis of sociology; classical social theory: Marx, Weber, Durkheim; modern social theory: structural-functionalism, interactionism, phenomenology and rational choice; the idea of postmodern societies and the implications for sociology.
Section B: Globalisation and social change
Understanding and defining the concept of globalisation, the major theories that aim to explain globalisation, the economic, political and cultural levels of globalisation.
Students must specialise in one of the following and should relate theories and examples to sociological data from their own society.
Religion: religious belief, practice, and power; religion and social change; religion, modernity, and globalization.
Gender: The relationship between sex, gender and sexualities; equality and difference, oppression and discrimination; work/home life balance
Race and Ethnicity: definitions of 'race' and ethnicity; 'race' and ethnicity as social division; changing approaches to racial and ethnic studies
Power: Power, Modernity and Sociology; Marxism and the analysis of power; Weber: power, stratification and domination; The power of elites; The pluralist model of power; Power to and power over; Postmodernist perspectives on power
Organisations: a sociological approach to organisations, theories for understanding organisations, methods of organisational analysis, structure, control and communications within organisations.
Social Inequality and Social Injustice: Social Inequality and Social Injustice; Global Perspectives on Inequality and Injustice; Classical Perspectives on Social Inequality; Structural Dimensions of Inequality; Analysing social injustice; States, Social Injustice and the Pursuit of Human Rights; Agendas of Inequality and Injustice.