Sociology and Criminology

Classical Sociological Theory

Module code: L4053B
Level 5
15 credits in spring semester
Teaching method: Lecture, Seminar
Assessment modes: Essay

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 understanding and knowledge of key topics and debates in political sociology
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the history of sociology as a theoretical discipline
  • Assess the strengths and weaknesses of empirical material as evidence on social and political change