Contemporary Social Theory B

Department of Political Science and International Studies, School of Government and Society

College of Social Sciences


Code 16788

Level of study Third/Final year

Credit value 10

Semester 2

Pre-requisite modules None

Other pre-requisites Co-requisite - Contemporary Social Theory A - 16787

Module description

This module builds upon Level I Modern Sociological Theory. The module takes a thematic approach to three key areas of contemporary social theory. First, the emergence of postmodernism is analysed in terms of its implications for understanding both the nature of contemporary societies and the enterprise of theory itself. Second, contemporary macro social theories are analysed through key debates such as the character of globalisation and the information society. Finally, the implications for social theory of contemporary debates in the philosophy of social science are examined.

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures and seminars