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Contemporary Social Theory - SOCI329

This unit introduces students to key themes and theorists in contemporary socio-political theory. It clusters theories in terms of their reflections upon significant problem complexes that confront us today. How, for example, might we respond to the proposition that sociological theory is mired in ‘eurocentric thinking’ that blinds it to a multiplicity of modernities? How do various theories diagnose and respond to the reshaping of civil society and politics in the context of the winding back of post-war compromises between democratic states and markets? How too have major social theories responded to the challenge of elaborating an adequate conception of individuality and subjective life? Organised as a seminar series, the unit will draw from the work of the following: Michel Foucault, Jurgen Habermas, Axel Honneth, Giorgio Agamben, Wendy Brown, Raewyn Connell, Johann Arnason.

Credit Points: 3
When Offered:

TBD - Not offered in the current year; next offering is to be determined

Staff Contact(s): Associate Professor Pauline Johnson

39cp at 100 level or above Prerequisite Information


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Assessed As: Graded
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Department of Sociology

Faculty of Arts

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