Social Theory: Making Sense of Modern Social Life
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- 27 Feb 2023
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- Apply a sociological perspective to local and global issues, considering the implications for economic, social, political and cultural systems.
- Apply ethical and cultural awareness to issues in sociology.
- Evaluate diverse arguments regarding a relevant topic in Sociology.
- Produce a well-researched and complex written argument relevant to a topic in Sociology.
- Articulate and evaluate key sociological concepts and debates.
- • Capitalism and consumer societies.
- • Gender, race and intersectionality.
- • Class, power and social inequality.
- • Modernity and postmodernity.
- • Key social theorists: Marx, Foucault, Bourdieu etc.
Pre-requisites: Students must have completed 60 credit points of Level one subjects.
No additional requirements
How do we make sense of modern societies? What is distinctive about the times we are living through? How does broad social change impact on our everyday lives? In this subject we consider some of the most ground-breaking explanations of the modern social world, including theories about capitalism, class, gender, race, consumerism, power, exclusion and community. This subject works its way from 'classical' social theories, that attempted to make sense of the massive changes brought about by industrialisation, through to contemporary theories about life in 'liquid modernity' or 'postmodernity.' Thinking sociologically goes beyond an attempt to understand societies as they currently exist, it also invites us to imagine 'alternative futures.' This subject addresses La Trobe's Sustainability Thinking Essential. Sustainability Thinking entails deep appreciation of how the choices we make affect economic, social, political and cultural systems - now and in the future.
- Research Essay (1600 words equivalent) Information on marking criteria will be made available on LMS. (40%)
- Concept Analysis-written assignment (1200 words) (30%)
- Online quizzes on the weekly readings (1200 words equivalent) Further information on assessment details provided on LMS (30%)
Current study term: 26 Feb 23 to 26 May 23
Textbook information is pending.