SOC10010 Foundations of Sociological Thought

Academic Year 2022/2023

This is a 1st year module for sociology students. It provides an introduction to some of the main theories that laid the foundation for modern sociology. Sociology developed as an intellectual discipline in the 19th century as writers grappled with their understanding of modern capitalism. Some of the key writers include Karl Marx, Max Weber and Emile Durkheim. The course outlines their central ideas, their relevance for today and encourages students to critically assess them.Students wishing to take Sociology at Stage 2 should take this module.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:1. Explain the classical sociological theories that discuss social processes;2. Discuss and evaluate the different perspectives of Marx, Durkheim and Weber;3. Outline where these theories are relevant to modern society.

Indicative Module Content:

Discussion on the theories of the classical sociologists - Marx, Weber and Durkheim. Plus discussion on other early theorists who began to analyse the functioning of modern capitalism.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities

10

Autonomous Student Learning

88

Lectures

20

Seminar (or Webinar)

4

Total

122

Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Two lectures a week plus follow up discussion in seminars. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Recommendations:

Students who take this module should be willing to read academic texts as the module will involve independent, self-directed learning.


Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
 
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: You will be required to answer two questions about two key sociologists. Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No

100


Carry forward of passed components
Yes
 
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Individual feedback available during office hours.

Name Role
Mr Conor Keogh Tutor
Mr Jianfei Niu Tutor
Francesca Pignoloni Tutor
Caroline Walsh Tutor
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
 
Autumn
     
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12 Mon 14:00 - 14:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12 Wed 16:00 - 16:50
Seminar Offering 1 Week(s) - 5, 7, 10, 12 Mon 10:00 - 10:50
Seminar Offering 2 Week(s) - 5, 7, 10, 12 Mon 13:00 - 13:50
Seminar Offering 3 Week(s) - 5, 7, 10, 12 Mon 15:00 - 15:50
Seminar Offering 4 Week(s) - 5, 7, 10, 12 Mon 16:00 - 16:50
Seminar Offering 5 Week(s) - 5, 7, 10, 12 Tues 10:00 - 10:50
Seminar Offering 6 Week(s) - 5, 7, 10, 12 Tues 11:00 - 11:50
Seminar Offering 7 Week(s) - 5, 7, 10, 12 Tues 12:00 - 12:50
Seminar Offering 8 Week(s) - 5, 7, 10, 12 Tues 13:00 - 13:50
Seminar Offering 9 Week(s) - 5, 7, 10, 12 Tues 14:00 - 14:50
Seminar Offering 10 Week(s) - 5, 7, 10, 12 Tues 15:00 - 15:50
Seminar Offering 11 Week(s) - 5, 7, 10, 12 Wed 10:00 - 10:50
Seminar Offering 12 Week(s) - 5, 7, 10, 12 Wed 11:00 - 11:50
Seminar Offering 13 Week(s) - 5, 7, 10, 12 Wed 13:00 - 13:50
Seminar Offering 14 Week(s) - 5, 7, 10, 12 Thurs 10:00 - 10:50
Seminar Offering 15 Week(s) - 5, 7, 10, 12 Thurs 12:00 - 12:50
Seminar Offering 16 Week(s) - 5, 7, 10, 12 Thurs 13:00 - 13:50
Seminar Offering 17 Week(s) - 5, 7, 10, 12 Wed 13:00 - 13:50
Seminar Offering 18 Week(s) - 5, 7, 10, 12 Thurs 12:00 - 12:50
Seminar Offering 20 Week(s) - 5, 7, 10, 12 Wed 14:00 - 14:50
Seminar Offering 21 Week(s) - 5, 7, 10, 12 Thurs 10:00 - 10:50
Autumn