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Unit information: Key Social Thinkers in 2021/22

Unit name Key Social Thinkers
Unit code SOCI10006
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Morgan
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law


This unit discusses the contribution and continuing relevance of major social thinkers of the Nineteenth and Twentieth centuries, such as Karl Marx, Emile Durkheim, W.E.B. Du Bois and Simone de Beauvoir.


  • To introduce the central ideas of some key founding thinkers in sociological theory.
  • To consider and debate what it means to be a sociological ‘classic’.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of the unit, students will be able to

  • Demonstrate good understanding of a range of classic sociological authors (1)
  • Utilise concepts of modernity, social structure, culture & ideology, and sociological ‘self-images’ in expositing the work of key social thinkers (2)
  • Develop their own considered views about the merits of the featured classics, and on the nature and significance of the sociological traditions more generally (3)

Teaching details

The unit will be taught through blended learning methods, including a mix of synchronous and asynchronous teaching activities

Assessment Details

1500 word essay (25%) 2000 word essay (75%)


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