Key Concepts: Advanced Social Theory

This information is for the 2018/19 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Monika Krause STC S207


This course is compulsory on the BSc in Social Policy and Sociology and BSc in Sociology. This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit and to General Course students.

Course content

This course engages key sociological issues through the critical reading of theoretical and analytical texts. Students will engage with advanced concepts in sociological thought, and will explore the connections between theoretical arguments and the practice of social enquiry and analysis. Students will read a combination of social theory texts in a range of traditions as well as contemporary research studies.


10 hours of lectures and 9 hours of classes in the MT. 10 hours of lectures and 10 hours of classes in the LT.

Reading weeks: week 6 MT and week 6 LT.

Formative coursework

One coursework submission each term is a course requirement.

Indicative reading

There is no set textbook for this course - each week's teaching is based on the critical reading of key texts.


Exam (50%, duration: 3 hours) in the summer exam period.
Essay (50%, 3500 words) in the LT.

Two hard copies of the assessed essay, with submission sheets attached to each, to be handed in to the Administration Office, S116, no later than 16:30 on the submission day. The essay is due by the fourth Thursday of Lent Term. An additional copy of the essay is to be uploaded to Moodle no later than 18:00 on the same day it is due.

Attendance at all classes and submission of all set coursework is required.

Student performance results

(2015/16 - 2017/18 combined)

Classification % of students
First 26.4
2:1 48.1
2:2 15.5
Third 2.3
Fail 7.8

Key facts

Department: Sociology

Total students 2017/18: 37

Average class size 2017/18: 13

Capped 2017/18: No

Value: One Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

PDAM skills

  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Communication