Reading Texts in Social Theory

Subject 136-532 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate
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This subject is not offered in 2008.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 2-hour seminar per week
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Prerequisites: Admission to 4th year honours or postgraduate diploma in Anthropology and Social Theory, the postgraduate diploma or fourth-year combined honours in Social Theory, or a masters program and permission of the subject coordinator.
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Dr John Rundell
Subject Overview:

This subject is designed to provide students with a detailed familiarity with the works of at least one of the major classical social theorists. Students who complete this subject should be able to demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of at least one significant social theorist or theoretical tradition; have developed the READING and analytical skills for such comprehension and understanding which can be readily used for other texts and subject matter; and have established a basis for postgraduate research if desired.

Assessment: A class paper of 1000 words 45% (due a fortnight after the class paper is presented in the seminar) and an essay of 4000 words 55% (due on the final day of semester).
Prescribed Texts: The Grundrisse. (K. Marx) The Philosophy of Money. (G. Simmel) The Gift. (M. Mouss)
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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • develop skills in written and oral communication;

  • conduct independent research;

  • make appropriate use of primary and secondary sources in mounting an argument;

  • form defensible judgements based on a critical evaluation of conflicting arguments.


Formerly available as 136-079. Students who have completed 136-079 are not eligible to enrol in this subject.

Related Course(s): Master of Arts in Social Theory (Advanced Seminars and Shorter Thesis)
Postgraduate Certificate in Arts (Cultural Studies)
Postgraduate Certificate in Arts (Sociology)
Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Anthropology and Social Theory)
Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Cultural Studies)
Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Social Theory)
Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Sociology)

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