Module Details

SC201-5-FY-CO: Continuity And Controversy In Sociology: Sociological Analysis Ii

Year: 2017/18
Department: Sociology
Essex credit: 30
ECTS credit: 15
Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students: No
Full Year Module Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students for a Single Term: No
Outside Option: No
Pre-requisites: SC111

Teaching Staff: Taught by various members of the Department
Contact details: Jane Harper, Undergraduate Administrator, Telephone: 01206 873052 E-mail:

Module is taught during the following terms
Autumn Spring Summer

Module Description

This module is a continuation of the core course taken in the first year. All students are expected to follow it.

This module is divided into two main sections. First, in the Autumn term, the three of the key 'founding figures' of the discipline of sociology: Marx, Weber and Durkheim. Second, in the Spring term, an introduction to some of the main thinkers in twentieth century social theory.

The aim of the module is to encourage you to engage in theoretical thinking, writing and discussion, not just report on the ideas of the theorists. We will do this through reading the theorists' original writing and engaging with key concepts and themes.

What is expected:

* That you attend the weekly lectures which provide an overview and introduction to the ideas.

* That you read from the assigned books, course reader, the textual extracts, and the suggestions for further reading. You may want to meet with other students to discuss what you have read or to read together.

* That you attend the weekly classes where we attempt to clarify and discuss the material. This involves you asking questions (arising from the lectures or your own reading), working together and sharing problems and ideas.

What is not expected:

* That you will instantly understand what you read or discuss.

* That you will always work alone. The classes offer one important source of support. Don't hesitate to ask for further help from your class teacher, the relevant lecturer, the module co-ordinator, or the student support officer (Rowena Macaulay). In many ways, the best source of help is fellow students, and Rowena can help you set up reading groups or other kinds of self-help.

Learning and Teaching Methods

One lecture and one class each week


50 per cent Coursework Mark, 50 per cent Exam Mark


2 essays

Exam Duration and Period

3:00 during Summer Examination period.

Other information

Compulsory Modules for all second year Sociology students

Not available as an outside option


  • General Reading
  • Term 1
  • Callinicos, A. 1999. Social Theory: A historical Introduction.
  • Hughes, J. A., Martin, P.J. & Sharrock, W.W. 2003. Understanding classical sociology: Marx, Weber, Durkheim
  • Morrison, K. 1995 Marx, Durkheim, Weber : formations of modern social thought
  • Swingewood, A. 2000. A Short History of Sociological Thought
  • Baert, P. 2005. Philosophy of the Social Sciences, chaps. 1,2,4
  • Term 2
  • I. Craib Modern Social Theory: From Parsons to Habermas (OUP) 1997
  • J. Scott Sociological Theory: Contemporary Debates (Elgar) 1995
  • R. Stones (ed) Key Sociological Thinkers (Macmillan) 1998 (contains chapters on Freud and de Beauvoit that are not in the second edition).
  • Stones, R (ed) 2008 Key Sociological Thinkers.

Further information