Sociology of Success and Fame

Final year module

Lecturer: Dr Gëzim Alpion

The module aims to approach the concepts of success and fame from a sociological perspective, provide an introduction to some of the main attitudes and approaches to them since antiquity, and highlight the changes they have gone through since the Industrial Revolution.

In the first term the focus is on how success and fame were viewed at in ancient civilizations (e.g. Egyptian, Greek, Roman), and in different social and economic systems, especially in feudalism.

In the second term, the attention is on the impact of the capitalist mode of production and consumption on people's attitudes to success and fame. Among the topics examined in this part of the module are the significance of career, the reasons for the lack of sociological literature on women and success, the role of the nineteenth century Graphic revolution on the emergence of celebrity culture, and the nature of anxiety in modern times and post modernity.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module the student should be able to Identify different approaches to success and fame, and explain them in sociological terms.


  • Term One/Two: 1 x 4,000 word assessed work (50%)
  • Term Three: 3 hour examination (50%)