Identify key characteristics of modern societies. See how capitalism, industrialism and individualism instruct social development. Get to know the writings of thinkers like Marx, Foucault and Nietzsche. Consider their insights and their shortcomings
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On successful completion of this subject, you be able to:
- identify the distinguishing figures, topics and texts of Social Theory and Sociology as a field of study and investigate its points of connection and disconnection in contemporary society
- explain the origin, characteristics and complexity of modern societies
- articulate a coherent, developed account of what it means to live in modern societies
- analyse and critically assess a variety of primary texts within their historical, social and discursive contexts
- A week-by-week guide to the topics you will explore in this subject will be provided in your study materials.
You should not enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:
- MAQ-SGYX222 (Not currently available)
- MAQ-SOCX222-Theories of Modernity (No longer available)
You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:
NCCW (pre-2020 units) SGYX222, SOC222, SOC232, SOCX222 Pre-requisite 40cp at 1000 level or above NCCW (2020 and onwards) SOCI2010 Theories of Modernity
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Students who have an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion under Macquarie University's Academic Progression Policy are not permitted to enrol in OUA units offered by Macquarie University. Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.
This subject was previously known as SGYX222, SOCX222 Sociological Theories of Modernity.
Sociological theorising is about understanding and explaining the meaning of social phenomena. Usually that evolves drawing on existing concepts, or constructing our own, as prisms through which we interpret the range of human actions, behaviours and attitudes. In this unit we will discuss the role of sociological theory today. We will explore how major social thinkers have attempted to understand and explain social change, especially in the context of the deep uncertainties that characterise modernity. We will discuss original texts by Marx, Weber, Durkheim, Simmel and other more recent theorists whose works are examples of ‘the sociological imagination’ and its usefulness to thinking about social change.
- Short essay (30%)
- Essay 2 (50%)
- Online participation (20%)
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