SCQF Level: 10
Module Code: SOC401
Credit Value: 20
Term: Term 1
School: School of Social and Health Sciences
This advanced level module will focus on the question of power in modern societies - the key theme which lies at the heart of political sociology. The module is divided into four inter- connected sections: sociological and political theories of power; social configurations of power; alternative visions of power relations; and social movements and the contestation of power.
The aim of this Module is to provide the student with : advanced level knowledge of contemporary debates centring upon the issue of power within Political Sociology.
By the end of this module the student should be able to:
1. Discuss the salient aspects of theoretical debates centring upon the issue of power in modern societies.
2. Understand the parameters of key debates in contemporary political sociology surrounding the exercise of modern state power.
3. Demonstrate an understanding of contemporary social movements and the way in which they articulate power interests and contest power relations
4. Articulate a knowledge of alternative visions of power relations as embodied in concepts of utopia and dystopia.
5. Critically engage with modern political discourses concerning government, legitimacy, citizenship, rights and the law.
6. Identify and compare key thinkers who have participated in theoretical discourse and practical research centred upon the theme of power.
The lecture programme is divided into four key sections: Sociological and political theories of power; States, citizenship, rights and the law; Alternative visions of power relations - utopia and dystopia; Contesting power - social movements and political protest.
Students will be required to read set literature each week and to bring notes and points of contention from lectures to tutorials for discussion.
Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment
Teaching and learning will revolve around the traditional combination of lectures and tutorials. Lectures will be delivered to prompt students to study independently and read for tutorials. It is recommended that students read module related texts for a minimum of 8 hours per week in order to fully engage with content. Attendance at lectures and tutorials is mandatory and attendance registers will be kept. Assessment will centre upon the traditional essay and exam format. Graduate attributes will be facilitated through participation in classroom discussions, student presentations to the class, independent research and study, preparation for assessments and completion of those assessments.
Teaching and Learning Work Loads
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Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.