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Theories of Modernity - SOCX222

What characterises modern societies? This course is an invitation to learn about some of the great theorists in Sociology and to learn what they have to say about modernity and modern societies. It explores the bold character of Sociology as it struggles to make sense of the modern world.

Modernity is characterised by a number of developments like democracy, capitalism, industrialism and individualism. In this unit we will be examining these diverse trends through the prism of a range of theories of modern society. We consider from among the following: Marx, Nietzsche, Weber, Durkheim, The Frankfurt School and Foucault.

SGYX222 is designed to help you grapple with some of the major theoretical tributaries of the discipline. It reconstructs some of the main episodes in sociology’s efforts to achieve an understanding of the distinctive character and likely prospects of modern societies. SGYX222 traces the different ways in which some major theorists of modernity have analysed intersecting axes of modern development. The unit will demonstrate how much we still owe to these thinkers as well as considering their respective shortcomings.

All enrolment queries should be directed to Open Universities Australia (OUA): see

When Offered:

S1 OUA - Session 1, offered through Open Universities Australia

S2 OUA - Session 2, offered through Open Universities Australia

Staff Contact(s): Associate Professor Pauline Johnson
Assessed As: Graded
Offered By:

Department of Sociology

Faculty of Arts

Course structures, including unit offerings, are subject to change.
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