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SOCI3001 Comparative Sociology

Module Overview

This module is concerned with the development of modern societies and the nature of 'modernity'. It will draw on the writings of contemporary sociologists in order to consider what the most important processes of social change taking place are and how these have come about.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

This module aims to highlight the importance of comparison in sociology. It considers how sociologists have used historical and spatial comparisons to develop our understanding of how different types of social order are maintained and how different patterns of social change unfold.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Identifying the distinctive contribution made by the comparative perspective to sociological analysis.
  • Describing and assessing key concepts and theoretical perspectives used in the analysis of the development of modern societies and the nature of modernity.
  • Evaluating competing models and explanations of the development of different types of modern society.
  • Synthesise and summarise information from a variety of sources.
  • Reflecting critically on the role of sociologists in predicting and contributing to processes of social change.
  • Draw on different types of evidence in the development of an argument.
  • Employ the comparative method in the analysis of social phenomena.

Syllabus

Theoretical analysis of the patterns of social structure and the nature of power within western capitalist, post-communist and underdeveloped countries will be complemented by historical and international comparisons, and by an examination of the meanings of ‘development’, ‘industrialisation’, ‘democratisation’ and ‘globalisation’. In addition, the practical role of sociologists in applying sociological theory by predicting and contributing to processes of social change will be discussed

Learning and Teaching

TypeHours
Independent Study125
Teaching25
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Roberts & Hite (eds) (2000). From Modernizaton to Globalization. Perspectives on Development and Social Change.. 

Bhambra, Gurminder (2014). Connected Sociologies. 

Mahoney & Ruschemeyer (eds) (2003). Compartive Historical Analysis in the Social Sciences. 

Steinmetz (ed) (2013). Sociology and Empire. The Imperial Entanglement of a Discipline. 

Adams, Clemens and Orloff (eds) (2005). Remaking Modernity. Politics, History and Sociology. 

Lange, Matthew (2013). Comparative-Historical Methods. 

G Crow (2997). Comparative Sociology and Social Theory. 

Assessment

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (2000 words) 40%
Exam  (2 hours) 60%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Exam 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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