The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019

Course handbook

Description

This course is concerned with contemporary social and cultural theory and the ways it is entangled in emerging research themes in sociology, anthropology, and intersecting fields. Investigating the Social is centrally concerned with the ways emergent research contends with 'grand theories' and explores ideas of theory as always present, even in our most rudimentary thinking. In bringing together emerging research themes and 'theory labs' at key points in the semester, we will explore strategies for thinking with and against , writing about, using, and engaging theoretical texts. As a Capstone Course, Investigating the Social prepares students for further encounters with social theory in Honours and Postgraduate research and in the 'world beyond'.


Availability2019 Course Timetables

Callaghan

  • Semester 2 - 2019

Ourimbah

  • Semester 2 - 2019

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): SOCA3500. Students who have successfully completed SOCA3500 are not eligible to enrol in SOCA3750.


Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Explain (in both oral and written work) core theories investigating the social.

2. Identify theory in emergent research investigating the social and discuss in 'theory lab'.

3. Analyse the tactics and techniques authors use to contend with 'grand theories' through written reflections in short form (theory lab journal).

4. Critique the shortcomings in social and cultural theories and defend these in oral and written work.

5. Generate an emergent research agenda that navigates social and cultural theories and addresses crucial areas for future research.


Content

Immersion in emerging research around 3 key themes (3 topics each) such as: place, body, time and things.

Extracting theory and engaging in debates in 'theory labs' (3 during semester)

Discussion of the methodologies and methods required for further investigating the social

Debates regarding the changing role of theory and the problem of conceptual complacency


Requisite

This course replaces SOCA3500. If you have successfully completed SOCA3500 you cannot enrol in this course.


Assumed knowledge

SOCA1010, SOCA1020, SOCS2200


Assessment items

Written Assignment: Theory Lab Analysis: Part 1 (20%)

Written Assignment: Theory Lab Analysis: Part 2 (20%)

Written Assignment: Theory Lab Analysis: Part 3 (20%)

Proposal / Plan: Research Plan/Proposal (40%)


Contact hours

Callaghan

Lectorial

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Online Activity

Online 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Ourimbah

Lectorial

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Online Activity

Online 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Ourimbah

Lectorial

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Online Activity

Online 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term