Sociology

Classical Sociological Theory

Module code: L4053A
Level 5
15 credits in autumn teaching
Teaching method: Seminar
Assessment modes: Unseen examination, Coursework

The aim of this module is to provide a reasonably comprehensive introduction to classical sociological theories and theorists and issues arising from their work. We will cover classical sociological theory from its origins in the Enlightenment period to the post World War II period. The module is concerned with these broad movements of thought with a focus on specific theorists and a close reading of extracts from classic texts. You will acquire an in-depth knowledge of the work of major classical sociological theorists.

Module learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of key topics and debates in classical sociological theory
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the history of sociology as a theoretical discipline
  • Critically evaluate competing theoretical perspectives in writing