In order to change society, or even to participate effectively in it, some understanding of how society works is essential. Social theory can best be understood as a diverse collection of conceptual frameworks that can enable a deep and critical understanding of such issues as social inequality, difference and change. Social theory is necessary to guide social research and makes it intelligible within broader frameworks of understanding. Contemporary explanations of social problems and issues, have been based on, or developed in response to, 'classical' social theory, which emerged to make sense of the tumultuous and rapid social changes generated in the 19th century and continuing to this day. This course charts both the 'classical' attempts to formulate a universal and synthetic social theory, which are still influential, and the more recent forms of situated, partial and reflexive theories. Accordingly, this course introduces students to some of the most significant thinkers and perspectives in both classical and contemporary social theory.
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- Sunshine Coast: Semester 1
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- 1.4D: Human Society, Society & Culture, Sport & Recreation
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