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Unit information: Class and Social Divisions in 2021/22

Unit name Class and Social Divisions
Unit code SOCI20045
Credit points 20
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Professor. Will Atkinson
Open unit status Not open
Pre-requisites

None

Co-requisites

None

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

Description

While postmodern sociology celebrates the 'death of class', empirical research continues to demonstrate its major influence in a wide variety of domains. Theoretically there has always been controversy about the nature of class and its basis, about the boundaries between classes, about the experience of class and how it relates to politics. The unit explores these debates in relation to contemporary theories of class analysis. And it examines current thinking and research on the relationship between class and other social divisions and on class identities and cultures in late modern societies.

Aims:

  • To present the latest theoretical and empirical developments in the study of class
  • To explain the relevance of class as both a sociological concept and as an explanatory concept
  • To explore the social location of class in relation to other aspects of social division

Intended learning outcomes

Level 5

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

  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of the major contemporary theoretical perspectives on class
  • Evaluate the key current challenges to the concept of class
  • Critically assess the empirical impact of class on a range of outcomes

Teaching details

1 hr lecture and 2 hr seminar per week.

Assessment Details

(a) 1,500 word essay(25%)

(b) 2,500 word essay (75%)

Both assessments test all of the Learning Outcomes listed above.

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