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School of Politics and International Relations

POL280 Social Theory

POL280Social Theory (POL280A – Autumn, POL280B – Spring) 

Credits: 30
Semester: A & B

Module Convenor: Dr Giulia Carabelli
Overlap: None
Prerequisite: None

This module is arranged by ‘key thinkers’ in social theory – those who wrote books or developed concepts that captured and pushed forward the debates of their time. Yet, social theory is a form of collective labour that develops and takes new forms thanks to wider conversations (often across academic disciplines). As such, in our study of key thinkers, we highlight the intersecting legacies and shared threads among and between these intellectual pathways. While lectures provide context and definitions to familiarise with main debates in social theory, seminars present empirical case studies to understand how a specific theoretical framework might help us to unpack contemporary social dynamics.

Assessment: Critical Reflection – 1500 words (20%), Research Essay – 2500 words (30%, 3 hour Exam (50%)
Level: 5