Social Theory and Political Analysis

Subject SOTH20003 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2016.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 30 contact hours: 1 x 1.5 hour lecture and 1 x 1 hour tutorial per week for 12 weeks.
Total Time Commitment:

Total of 170 hours

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Subject Overview:

This subject involves the study of theory and empirical research in social and political relations, culture and ideology, and human subjectivity and action. Students who complete this subject should possess an awareness of the ways in which social theory can provide a critical perspective on standard approaches to the study of politics, and knowledge of a repertoire of social theory concepts and approaches which can be drawn upon to analyse political processes.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject students should:

  • Have knowledge of the major ideas and theories used to analyse social, cultural and political relations;
  • Be able to apply this knowledge to assist in an analysis of political processes;
  • Have experience of thinking systematically about difficult intellectual problems of an abstract nature;
  • Have experience with methods of critical analysis and argument employed in the social theoretical traditions, leading to improved general reasoning and analytical skills.

  • An oral presentation of a 500 word tutorial paper (15%) due mid-semester.
  • An essay of 1500 words (35%) due mid-semester.
  • An essay of 2000 words (50%) due in the examination period.

Hurdle requirement: Students must attend a minimum of 75% of tutorials in order to pass this subject. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject. Regular participation in tutorials is required.

Note: Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per working day. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked.

Prescribed Texts:

A subject reader will be available at the start of semester.

Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

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Social Theory

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