Joint-honours information for 2016 entry

Alternative Societies (Spr)

Module L4090B

Module details for 2016/17.

30 credits

FHEQ Level 6

Module Outline

Socologists have often analysed and criticised the world. The aim of this module is to look at alternative societies that their assessments and criticisms imply. We will look at alternative societies such as communist and other kinds of non-capitalist and non-market societies; libertarian and decentralised societies; communes and alternative types of living. The module will cover areas such as alternative education, alternative economies and co-ops, participatory types of political organisation, non-patriarchal society, non-racist society, alternative societies for developing countries, green and sustainable societies, societies without work, society without borders, media, technology and alternative societies, and the politics of transition to alternatives. We will look at the role of sociology as critical, utopian and normative.

Module learning outcomes

Demonstrate a detailed knowledge and understanding of a variety of sociological and other perspectives for understanding types of alternative societies

Demonstrate an awareness of alternative societies as a form and implication of sociological analysis

Assimilate and evaluate evidence from studies of alternative societies which is relevant to theories of alternative societies

Critically explore debates about types of alternative society

Make approriate use of empirical data and theoretical work to produce coherent and detailed written work for an academic audience

TypeTimingWeighting
Coursework100.00%
Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
EssayA2 Week 1 100.00%
Timing

Submission deadlines may vary for different types of assignment/groups of students.

Weighting

Coursework components (if listed) total 100% of the overall coursework weighting value.

TermMethodDurationWeek pattern
Spring SemesterSeminar2 hours11111111111
Spring SemesterLecture1 hour11111111111

How to read the week pattern

The numbers indicate the weeks of the term and how many events take place each week.

Prof Luke Martell

Convenor, Assess convenor
http://www.sussex.ac.uk/profiles/1720

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