Classical Social Theory

Maynooth University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Classical Social Theory

  • Host University

    Maynooth University

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    The sociological work of Marx, Durkheim, Weber and others. The nature of social change, stratification, religion, work, the relationship between the individual and society, power, action/interaction, the discipline of sociology and the sociological imagination. The relevance of Classical Social Theory to contemporary society and social theory.

    Learning Outcomes:

    On successful completion of the module, students should be able to:
    -Detail the origins and development of the major theoretical traditions within sociology
    -Assess the contributions of classical social theorists to the discipline of sociology
    -Explain the concepts advanced by classical social theorists
    -Appraise the relevance of classical social theory to social theory and the analysis of contemporary society

    Teaching & Learning methods:
    24 lecture hours

    Continuous Assessment: 50%
    University scheduled written examination: 50%

    Continuous Assessment detail(s): One essay 50%.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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