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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

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.


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

Independent Study125
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

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

Bhambra, Gurminder (2014). Connected Sociologies. 

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

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

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

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

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



MethodPercentage contribution
Analytical essay  (2500 words) 70%
Assessed written tasks  (1600 words) 30%


MethodPercentage contribution
Assessed written tasks  (4100 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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