Classical Social Theory
Rhedir gan School of History, Philosophy and Social Sciences
20 Credyd neu 10 Credyd ECTS
Trefnydd: Dr Marcel Stoetzler
This course introduces students to a range of key perspectives in classical social theory. The basic ideas and the key questions that constitute the foundations of contemporary social theory were established during the 19th century and developed during the first half of the 20th century. The different meanings of 'theory' are explored, especially through the contrast between theory as (apparently disinterested or 'objective') 'explanation' and theory as 'interpretation' from the point of view of participants in human interaction. These differences are influential in the choices that social researchers make between different ways of thinking about what is being studied and the methods used to study social phenomena. Students are encouraged to reflect upon the connections between the subject matter of this module, the research methods module and other modules in Social Sciences.
The module introduces the classic contributions of theorists such as Comte, Marx, Tocqueville, Toennies, W.E.B du Bois, Weber, Durkheim and Simmel and the development of their thinking concerning modernity, capitalism, rationalisation and bureaucracy, and the question of moral and social order. The module then considers how the classic tradition has been transformed and new paths have been pursued in the contexts of Parsons' 'system theory', symbolic interactionism, critical theory and feminist social theory.
To pass the module students must have achieved the expected outcomes at a basic level. They will be able to identify the main contributors to classical sociological theory and offer a basic description to their theories. They will show an adequate awareness of subsequent trends and the main similarities and contrasts between them. They will show some understanding of how theories may be applied to contemporary social issues.
Identify the main contributors to classical sociological theory, summarise their theories and explain their origins. They will show a good awareness of subsequent trends and the main similarities and contrasts between them. They will show a good understanding of how theories may be applied to contemporary social issues.
Identify the main contributors to classical sociological theory, expound their theories and explain their origins. They will display an excellent awareness of subsequent trends and the main similarities and contrasts between them. They will be able to exercise independent, critical judgement in the application of theories to contemporary social issues.
Recognise the meaning of sociological theory.
Understand and explain the social and intellectual origins of sociological perspectives and traditions
Identify and use key concepts in the domain of social theory.
Demonstrate knowledge of the plurality of sociological theories and the links between different approaches.
Use a variety of concepts from the classical and modern traditions in sociological theory to interpret social issues.
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Strategaeth addysgu a dysgu
The module is delivered via two weekly one-hour lectures for the whole class and a weekly seminar in a smaller group. The lecture topics are based on a roughly chronological sequence of key authors and themes.
The seminars are designed to encourage focused discussion and learning on set topics related to the lectures. Seminars are based on selected primary source materials. Each seminar will consist of: (a). a presentation by students and (b). class discussion
They will be complemented by individual tutorial support for assessment work.
- Llythrennedd - Medrusrwydd mewn darllen ac ysgrifennu drwy amrywiaeth o gyfryngau
- Defnyddio cyfrifiaduron - Medrusrwydd wrth ddefnyddio ystod o feddalwedd cyfrifiadurol
- Hunanreolaeth - Gallu gweithio mewn ffordd effeithlon, prydlon a threfnus. Gallu edrych ar ganlyniadau tasgau a digwyddiadau, a barnu lefelau o ansawdd a phwysigrwydd
- Archwilio - Gallu ymchwilio ac ystyried dewisiadau eraill
- Adalw gwybodaeth - Gallu mynd at wahanol ac amrywiol ffynonellau gwybodaeth
- Sgiliau Rhyngbersonol - Gallu gofyn cwestiynau, gwrando'n astud ar atebion a'u harchwilio
- Dadansoddi Beirniadol & Datrys Problem - Gallu dadelfennu a dadansoddi problemau neu sefyllfaoedd cymhleth. Gallu canfod atebion i broblemau drwy ddadansoddiadau ac archwilio posibiliadau
- Cyflwyniad - Gallu cyflwyno gwybodaeth ac esboniadau yn glir i gynulleidfa. Trwy gyfryngau ysgrifenedig neu ar lafar yn glir a hyderus.
- Gwaith Tîm - Gallu cydweithio'n adeiladol ag eraill ar dasg gyffredin, ac/neu fod yn rhan o dîm gweithio o ddydd i ddydd
- Dadl - Gallu cyflwyno, trafod a chyfiawnhau barn neu lwybr gweithredu, naill ai gydag unigolyn neu mewn grwˆp ehangach
- Hunanymwybyddiaeth & Ystyried - Bod yn ymwybodol o'ch cryfderau, gwendidau, nodau ac amcanion eich hun. Gallu adolygu ,cloriannu a myfyrio'n rheolaidd ar eich perfformiad eich hun ac eraill.
- Arweinyddiaeth - Gallu arwain a rheoli, datblygu cynlluniau gweithredu ac amcanion, cynnig arweiniad a chyfarwyddyd i eraill, ac ymdopi â'r pwysau sy'n gysylltiedig ag awdurdod o'r fath
Most readings will be made available online or can be found in the library. Students who want to do some reading in advance may wish to acquire the book Beginning Classical Social Theory (Manchester University Press 2018) by Marcel Stoetzler, but buying the book, or any other book, is not a requirement.
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