The unit will focus on current ideas and debates about what ‘theory’ means for us today. Rather than taking a tour of the big thinkers, we encounter theorists and consider theoretical ideas through the lens of contemporary social issues, such as consumerism, the information and genetic revolutions, terrorism, political struggle, the student experience and the role of science. In doing so the aim will not simply be to apply the theories studied to so-called real problems. Rather, it is to show how theory is itself a practice and that thinking can make a difference.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
On completion of this course students should have gained an understanding of the main theoretical traditions covered in SOCY 3014. Throughout lectures and tutorials the lecturer draws on her own interest and expertise in a number of areas as a way of showing how the theories can be related to pressing problems today. But students will also be expected to develop their own skills in relating theories to empirical issues. In the process they will develop skills in analyzing and critically evaluating the theories considered: how well do they stand up in relation to their own claims and in relation to contemporary problems?
Tutorial papers (50%), Major Essay (40%) and Tutorial Participation.
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Contact hours include 2 hours per week of lectures and a one hour tutorial.
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|3332||16 Feb 2015||06 Mar 2015||31 Mar 2015||29 May 2015||In Person||N/A|