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SCLG6903: New Debates in Social Theory

This unit explores a series of issues of controversy and debate in social theory. These include debates over: the information age; new information and communication technologies; the new capitalism and changing work practices; the cultural sphere; new forms of power and surveillance; shifting claims to insight in knowledge societies; the role of education in social inequality; the bases of making knowledge claims; and globalisation. The unit involves both face-to-face seminars and online discussions.

Code SCLG6903
Academic unit Sociology and Criminology
Credit points 6

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. undertake a close reading of complex texts in social theory and to discern key theoretical claims
  • LO2. think theoretically and to look at contemporary social issues through the lens of key contemporary theories
  • LO3. analyse and develop theoretical arguments
  • LO4. improve oral and written communication skills
  • LO5. identify and evaluate different interpretations of an issue
  • LO6. present evidence and argument in support of your own particular position.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 2 weeks before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.