Key Concepts: Advanced Social Theory

This information is for the 2022/23 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Monika Krause STC S207


This course is compulsory on the BSc in Language, Culture and Society, BSc in Social Policy and Sociology and BSc in Sociology. This course is not available as an outside option nor 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.


This course is delivered through a combination of lectures, online materials and classes totalling a minimum of 40 hours across MT and LT, with a revision session in ST.

Reading Weeks: Students on this course will have a reading week in MT Week 6 and LT Week 6, in line with departmental policy.

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

An electronic copy of the assessed essay, to be uploaded to Moodle, no later than 4.00pm on the fourth Thursday of Lent Term. 

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

Student performance results

(2019/20 - 2021/22 combined)

Classification % of students
First 19.9
2:1 68.4
2:2 11
Third 0
Fail 0.7

Key facts

Department: Sociology

Total students 2021/22: 74

Average class size 2021/22: 15

Capped 2021/22: No

Lecture capture used 2021/22: Yes (LT)

Value: One Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Course selection videos

Some departments have produced short videos to introduce their courses. Please refer to the course selection videos index page for further information.

Personal development skills

  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Communication