Theorizing the Social (949M1)

30 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Autumn teaching

The module introduces you to the major contemporary approaches to theorising social and political reality. It examines how they articulate explanatory and normative concerns.

The topics covered concern some of the major contemporary debates on the idea of the social in social and political thought. Consideration is also given to how some of the classical conceptions of the social are challenged by recent developments.


100%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 22 hours of contact time and about 278 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.