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  1. Reading List 151 items
    1. 27th September 2017 – Introduction to the course 1 item
      This session will provide an overview of and rationale for the module content and assessments. Module and class expectations will be discussed
      1. Seminar 1 item
        1. Seminars this week will be used as an opportunity to discuss any questions and queries about any aspect of the module

    2. 4th October – Back to the future 1 – Marx, Weber, Durkheim and their influence on the 20th Century 10 items
      This session will look at issues of continuity and change, both in terms of issues and approaches, from the work of Marx, Weber and Durkheim, through to the present day. The session explores what might distinguish contemporary sociological thought from that of these Classical thinkers as well as looking at issues that are particular to the historical moment in which we are living that might demand new theoretical resources
      1. Essential reading 1 item
      2. Further recommended reading 8 items
        1. A brief history of neoliberalism - David Harvey 2005

          Book  Read Harvey, D. (2005) Freedom’s just another word, ch. 1

        2. A brief history of neoliberalism - David Harvey, ProQuest (Firm) 2005 (electronic resource)

          Book  EBook - Read Harvey, D. (2005) Freedom’s just another word, ch. 1

        3. Key ideas in sociology - Peter Kivisto, Candice Harman 2011, ©2011 (electronic resource)

          Book  Read Kivisto, P. (2011) Key ideas about the social world, ch.1 pp1-10

        4. PostCapitalism - Paul Mason 2016

          Book 

      3. Seminar: Exercising the sociological imagination for the times we are living in 1 item
        1. This seminar will help you to reflect on social and political change during the 20th and 21st century and how sociological and social theory is sometimes driven by events and helps us to understand society and social change

    3. 11th October – Stuart Hall, Gramsci and the theory of hegemony. Authority and consensus in popular culture 30 items
      This session will turn to the life and key ideas of Gramsci and to Stuart Hall, one of the founders of the British School of Cultural Studies, the journals New Left Review and Soundings. We explore how their work attends to and departs from orthodox Marxist ideas and the legacy of Stuart Hall’s work to Cultural Studies and Sociology
      1. Essential reading 1 item
      2. Recommended further reading and other resources 28 items
        1. Selections from the prison notebooks of Antonio Gramsci - Antonio Gramsci, Quintin Hoare, Geoffrey Nowell-Smith 1998

          Book 

        2. Cultural studies 1983: a theoretical history - Stuart Hall 2016, ©2016 (electronic resource)

          Book 

        3. Cultural studies 1983: a theoretical history - Stuart Hall 2016

          Book 

        4. Representation: cultural representations and signifying practices - Stuart Hall, Open University 1997

          Book 

        5. Digitised resources 1 item
          1. Formations of modernity - Stuart Hall, Bram Gieben, Open University 1992

            Book  Read Digitised chapter 6: The West and the rest – Discourse and Power pp275-331

        6. Policing the crisis: mugging, the state and law and order - Stuart Hall, C. Critcher, Tony Jefferson, John Clarke 2013

          Book 

        7. Policing the crisis: mugging, the state, and law and order - Stuart Hall, C. Critcher, Tony Jefferson, John Clarke 2013 (electronic resource)

          Book  EBook

        8. Culture, globalization and the world-system: contemporary conditions for the representation of identity - Anthony D. King 1991

          Book  Read Old and New Identities, Old and New Ethnicities, ch. 2

        9. Culture, globalization, and the world-system: contemporary conditions for the representation of identity - Barbara Abou-El-Haj 1997, ©1997 (electronic resource)

          Book  Read Old and New Identities, Old and New Ethnicities, ch. 2

        10. Resistance through rituals: youth subcultures in post-war Britain - Stuart Hall, Tony Jefferson 2006

          Book 

        11. After neoliberalism: analysing the present - Hall, StuartMassey, DoreenRustin, Michael Spring 2013

          Article 

        12. The neoliberal revolution - Hall, Stuart Summer 2011

          Article 

        13. Common-sense neoliberalism - Hall, StuartO'Shea, Alan Winter 2013

          Article 

        14. Mass communication and society - James Curran, Michael Gurevitch, Janet Woollacott 1977

          Book 

        15. Stuart Hall obituary - David Morley 10/02/2014

          Article 

        16. Popular Culture - Chandra Mukerji, Michael Schudson 08/1986

          Article 

        17. British cultural studies: an introduction - Graeme Turner 1996

          Book 

      3. Seminar 1 item
        1. There will be a showing of a film about the work and life of Stuart Hall.  Details to follow

    4. 18th October – Different forms of structuralism/ the linguistic turn - Levi-Strauss, Barthes and Althusser 21 items
      This session turns to Structuralist theories – Structural Marxism (Althusser) and linguistic structuralism - Semiotics (Barthes), distinguishing these from structural functionalism and the humanist existential sociology of Jean-Paul Sartre. Althusser’s notion of ideology and Barthe’s practice of semiology will be explored.
      1. Essential reading 1 item
      2. Recommended further reading 19 items
        1. On ideology - Louis Althusser 2008

          Book 

        2. The Blackwell encyclopedia of sociology - George Ritzer 2006

          Book  Read Bakker, H. (2007) Langue and Parole

        3. The pleasure of the text - Roland Barthes 1989

          Book 

        4. Mythologies - Roland Barthes 2009

          Book 

        5. The language of fashion - Roland Barthes 2013

          Book 

        6. Empire of signs - Roland Barthes 1982

          Book 

        7. History of structuralism: Volume 1: the rising sign, 1945-1966 - François Dosse, Deborah Glassman c1997

          Book 

        8. Althusser: the detour of theory - Gregory Elliott, ProQuest (Firm) c2006 (electronic resource)

          Book 

        9. Post-structuralist and post-modernist sociology 1991

          Book  Read Lash, S. (1991) Introduction. Unfortunately, this book is out of print and not available in the Library. It can be obtained by requesting an inter-library loan though there is a small charge.

        10. Totemism - Claude Levi-Strauss 1973

          Book 

        11. Society and its metaphors: language, social theory and social structure - José López, ProQuest (Firm) 2003 (electronic resource)

          Book  EBook

        12. The Blackwell encyclopedia of sociology - George Ritzer 2006

          Book  Read Perry, N. (2007) Barthes, Roland

        13. Encyclopedia of social theory 2005

          Book  Read Rossi, I. (2005) Levi-Strauss, Claude

        14. A Barthes reader - Roland Barthes, Susan Sontag 1982

          Book 

        15. Encyclopedia of social theory 2005

          Book  Read Thibault, P. (2005a) Saussure, Ferdinand de

        16. Encyclopedia of social theory 2005

          Book  Read Thibault, P. (2005b) Semiology

        17. The Blackwell encyclopedia of sociology - George Ritzer 2006

          Book  Read Tucker, R. (2007) Althusser, Louis

      3. Seminar 1 item
        1. We will have a discussion based on the essential reading for this week. What was your response to the reading? Can you think of other examples that might be analysed in the same way?

    5. 1st November – Power and knowledge, poststructuralism, postmodernism: Foucault, Derrida, Lyotard and Baudrillard 13 items
      This session addresses the meaning of poststructuralism and looks at the ideas associated with two poststructuralist theorists, Foucault and Derrida before turning to postmodernism and postmodern therorists, Lyotard and Baudrillard
      1. Essential reading 1 item
      2. Recommended reading 11 items
        1. Image, music, text - Roland Barthes, Stephen Heath 1977

          Book  Read Barthes (1977) The death of the author

        2. Lyotard and the End of Grand Narratives - Gary K. Browning Mar 2000

          Book 

        3. Madness and civilization: a history of insanity in the Age of Reason - Michel Foucault, Richard Howard 2001 (electronic resource)

          Book 

        4. The history of sexuality: Vol. 1: An introduction - Michel Foucault 1990

          Book 

        5. The history of sexuality: Vol. 2: The use of pleasure - Michel Foucault 1992

          Book 

        6. Jacques Derrida - Nicholas Royle, NetLibrary, Inc 2003 (electronic resource)

          Book  EBook

      3. Seminar 1 item
        1. Seminars this week will be taken up with looking at the presentation assessment requirements and presentation planning

    6. 8th November – Feminism, Gender, Sexuality and Identity. Butler’s critique of gender dichotomies 13 items
      This session turns to the work of Judith Butler and her claim that not only gender but sex is socially constructed. We will look at Butler’s use of the term ‘performativity’ to express the production/ achievement of sex
      1. Essential reading 1 item
      2. Recommended further reading 11 items
        1. How to do things with words: the William James lectures delivered at Harvard University in 1955 - John Langshaw Austin, J. O. Urmson, Marina Sbisà 1975

          Book 

        2. Gender trouble: feminism and the subversion of identity - Judith Butler 2006

          Book 

        3. Bodies that matter: on the discursive limits of "sex" - Judith P. Butler 1993

          Book 

        4. The Laugh of the Medusa - Hélène Cixous, Keith Cohen, Paula Cohen 07/1976

          Article 

        5. Speculum of the other woman - Luce Irigaray 1985

          Book 

        6. This Sex Which Is Not One - Luce Irigaray 1985

          Book 

        7. Feminist thought: a more comprehensive introduction - Rosemarie Tong, Tina Fernandes Botts 2017

          Book 

      3. Seminar 1 item
        1. We will look critically at contemporary media and institutional practices for their representation/ construction of gender.  Bring examples if you can

    7. 15th November – Bourdieu, habitus and new forms of capital 15 items
      Turning to Pierre Bourdieu, this session seeks to give an overview of his thought and look more closely at the notion of habitus and different types of capital
      1. Essential reading 2 items
      2. Recommended further reading 12 items
        1. Digitised resources 1 item
          1. Handbook of Theory and Research for the Sociology of Education / edited by Richardson, John G - John G Richardson 1986

            Book  Read Digitised chapter 9: Bourdieu, P. (1986) ‘The forms of capital’ pp241-258 available via Online link.

        2. Sociology in question - Pierre Bourdieu 1993

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        3. Reproduction in education, society and culture - Pierre Bourdieu, Jean-Claude Passeron 1990

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        4. The Weight of the World - Pierre Bourdieu 1999

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        5. Pierre Bourdieu - Richard Jenkins 2007, ©1992 (electronic resource)

          Book 

        6. Pierre Bourdieu - Richard Jenkins 2002

          Book 

        7. Understanding Bourdieu - Jen Webb, Tony Schirato, Geoff Danaher 2002

          Book 

        8. Understanding Bourdieu - Jen Webb, Tony Schirato, Geoff Danaher, ProQuest (Firm) c2002 (electronic resource)

          Book  EBook

      3. Seminar 1 item
        1. How is society stratified?  Is social mobility possible and happening?  Group discussion and debate around the value of Bourdieu's ideas to understanding contemporary society, its divisions and directions of change

    8. 22nd November – Assessed presentations in lecture and seminar time 0 items
    9. 29th November – Habermas and the ‘lifeworld’ 8 items
      We turn to Jurgen Habermas in this session and in this session particularly focus on his notion of the communicative action, ‘lifeworld’ and ‘colonisation of the life world’. We see how his work draws on Marxist thought, Weberian thought, informs thought on democracy and shapes thinking about the aims of social movements in contemporary society
      1. Essential reading 1 item
      2. Recommended further reading 6 items
        1. Habermas - William Outhwaite 2009

          Book 

        2. Habermas: a critical introduction - William Outhwaite 2009 (electronic resource)

          Book 

      3. Seminar 1 item
        1. Getting your head around Habermas' ideas of life world and system! 

    10. 6th December – Castells and the ‘Information Society’ 17 items
      The work of Manuel Castells focuses our attention on the nature of the age we are living in, in particular the centrality of information technology and the extent to which we are networked. We particularly look at his writing on the role of the internet in facilitating the ‘Arab Spring’ uprising
      1. Essential reading 2 items
      2. Recommended further reading 14 items
        1. The rise of the network society - Manuel Castells 2010

          Book 

        2. The power of identity - Manuel Castells, ProQuest (Firm) c2010 (electronic resource)

          Book  EBook

        3. The power of identity - Manuel Castells 2010 [i.e. 2009

          Book 

        4. End of millennium - Manuel Castells 2010 (electronic resource)

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        5. End of millennium - Manuel Castells 2000

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        6. Communication power | ebook - Manuel Castells 2013 (electronic resource)

          Book  EBook

        7. Communication power - Manuel Castells 2011

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        8. Tweets and the streets: social media and contemporary activism - Paolo Gerbaudo 2012

          Book 

        9. Tweets and the streets: social media and contemporary activism - Paolo Gerbaudo, ProQuest (Firm) 2012 (electronic resource)

          Book  EBook

        10. PostCapitalism - Paul Mason 2016

          Book 

      3. Seminar 1 item
        1. Based on the content of this lecture and its associated reading, we will discuss the value of Castells' work for understanding contemporary social life. Are there any limitations of his thought? Is everyone equally networked? Is it always and everywhere good to be connected?

    11. 13th December – Ulrich Beck and the ‘Cosmopolitan turn’ 19 items
      This lecture turns its attention to recent work by Ulrich Beck and a so-called ‘cosmopolitan’ turn in sociology which, Beck has argued, calls for no less than a redefinition of the practice and theory of Sociology. In this session we explore key ideas associated with his work and key critiques, which serve to highlight continuity and change in sociological thinking; critiques which claim that the cosmopolitan idea was present in Durkheim and Marx and critiques which highlight the novel contributions of feminist and postcolonial scholars in the contemporary period
      1. Essential reading 1 item
      2. Recommended further reading 17 items
        1. Sociology beyond societies: mobilities for the twenty-first century - John Urry 2000 (electronic resource)

          Book  Read Chapter 1

      3. Seminar 1 item
        1. Focus on the essay.  Aim to have chosen your essay title by this week and bring notes/ questions to discuss

    12. 10th January – So what, or what’s is all for? Burawoy and divisions of sociological labour 4 items
      This final session outlines Michael Burawoy’s ideas about different forms of sociology and sociological labour, helping us to think about the purpose and value of the contemporary thinkers considered in the module and the value of our own sociological thinking to our academic, professional work and lives now and in the future
      1. Essential reading 1 item
        1. For Public Sociology - Michael Burawoy 02/2005

          Article Core

      2. Further Reading 2 items
      3. Seminar 1 item
        1. Essay tutorials

    13. 11th January – essays due in by 5pm 0 items