EUROG005 - Social Theory
Value: 30 credits
Tutor: Dr Kevin Inston
Assessment: one assessed 6000 word essay/project (100%)
This course examines the development of modern social theory by looking in detail at the ideas of European thinkers such as Rousseau, Marx, Freud, Lévi-Strauss, and Laclau and Mouffe.
It investigates how these thinkers conceived of society and social change, exploring themes such as inequality, historical materialism and capitalism, civilisation and taboo, cultural diversity, the subject and the social, and democracy. It also explores the methodological and philosophical premises of social theory.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau, The Social Contract and Discourses
D. McLellan (ed.), Karl Marx: Selected Writings
Sigmund Freud, Civilisation and its Discontents
Claude Lévi-Strauss, extracts from The Elementary Structures of Kinship, Race and history and ‘Introduction to Marcel Mauss’.*
Ernesto Laclau and Chantal Mouffe, Hegemony and Socialist Strategy
Ernesto Laclau, Emancipation(s)
*Extracts will be made available.
For any advice about the reading, please contact Dr Kevin Inston