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SOCI7000 – Critical Social Theory

2020 – Session 1, Weekday attendance, North Ryde

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General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff
Norbert Ebert
Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
Admission to BPhil/MRes
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description

This unit provides an advanced introduction to core social theories and is open to students from all disciplines. The focus is on the relationship between social theory and empirical research as an essential and meaningful skill for postgraduate research in various disciplines. The candidate will acquire an advanced understanding of social theory and an awareness of how theory is informed by but also informs empirical research. The design of the unit takes into account students’ own research plans and designs and provides them with the competence to apply both theoretical and empirical research skills.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: identify various social theoretical approaches
  • ULO2: define and describe core theoretical concepts in the social sciences
  • ULO3: analyse and understand empirical examples with the aid of social theory
  • ULO4: develop a basic theoretical framework

Assessment Tasks

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Unit Schedule

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SOCI7000 CRITICAL SOCIAL THEORY

Week

Date

Topic

1

25/02/2020

Introduction & Welcome

 

FOUNDATIONS

2

03/03/2020

Foundational Ideas & Concepts in Social Theory

3

10/03/2020

Reoccurring Patterns & Puzzles in Social Theory

 

CLASSICAL APPROACHES (AND SHORTCOMINGS)

3

10/03/2020

Economic Determinism

4

17/03/2020

Interpretive Sociology

5

24/03/2020

Social Determinism

6

31/03/2020

Symbolic Interactionism

7

07/04/2020

Social Processes and Networks

 

 

 

 

16/04/2020

Mid-session break

 

23/04/2020

Mid-session break

 

TOWARDS CONTEMPORARY ISSUES

8

28/04/2020

Intersectionality & Black Theory

9

05/05/2020

Identity and Diversity

10

12/05/2020

Post-structuralism and Power

11

19/05/2020

The Power of Norms

12

26/05/2020

Critical Theory

13

02/06/2020

Conclusion

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