Contemporary Social Thought
This information is for the 2013/14 session.
Prof Judy Wajcman S203 and Dr Nigel Dodd S266
This course is compulsory on the MSc in Sociology (Contemporary Social Thought. This course is available on the MSc in Culture and Society, MSc in Economy, Risk and Society , MSc in Political Sociology and MSc in Sociology. This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.
The course critically explores cutting edge issues and themes in contemporary social thought. Guest lecturers include Ulrich Beck, Craig Calhoun and other globally renowned social theorists.
This course deals with themes such as transformations in time and space, social and cultural capital, new technologies, methods and society, cosmopolitanism and post-cosmopolitanism. Topics covered include time, space, speed and technology; money and the economy; the re-emergence of social class divisions; technofeminism/cyberfeminism; cultural capital; cosmopolitanism, and human rights.
30 hours of seminars in the MT. 30 hours of seminars in the LT.
1 x 1500 word formative essay each term.
Beck, U. The Cosmopolitan Vision; Calhoun, C, et al. Contemporary Socialogical Theory; Dodd, N. The Sociology of Money; Gane, N. The Future of Social Theory; Sennett, R. The Culture of the New Capitalism; Wajcman, J. Technofeminism.
Exam (70%, duration: 3 hours) in the main exam period.
Essay (30%, 3000 words) in the ST.
Exam will be held during the Summer Term exam session.
Two hard copies of the assessed essay, with submission sheets attached to each, to be handed in to the Administration Office, S219A, no later than 16:30 on the first Wednesday of Summer Term. An additional copy to be uploaded to Moodle no later than 18:00 on the same day.
Attendance at all seminars and submission of all set coursework is required.
Student performance results
(2009/10 - 2011/12 combined)
|Classification||% of students|
Total students 2012/13: 19
Average class size 2012/13: 20
Value: One Unit
Personal development skills
- Team working
- Problem solving
- Specialist skills
Course survey results
(2011/12 - 2012/13 combined)1 = "best" score, 5 = "worst" score
The scores below are average responses.
Response rate: 90.2%
Reading list (Q2.1)
Course satisfied (Q2.4)