Modern Theory and Sociological Analysis
How do individuals create social worlds through their interactions? What is the nature of social reality and its dynamic structures? How does social reality shape the way we think, know, talk about and act in the world? What are the broad trends of social transformation, from modernity to post-modernity, globalization, and beyond? Building on the insights of classical sociological theory, this course will provide an overview of the main currents, themes and debates in modern and contemporary Western social theory, with a primary focus on sociological and anthropological contributions. The course will also focus on the practical application of theoretical concepts to situations of everyday life and social issues in Hong Kong, China and the world, and to the application of the concepts to students’ thesis research projects.
Course learning outcomes
- Acquire advanced knowledge and understanding of major modern and contemporary sociological theories
- Apply sociological theories to creatively analyse complex social issues in both the local and global contexts
- Develop a sensitivity to the historical and cultural context of the generation of sociological theories.
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Course co-ordinator and teachers
David A PalmerProfessorResearch interests: Chinese religion, Daoism and ethnicity in southern China and Southeast Asia, Inter-Asian religious circulations, Civil society, governance and subject formation, Anthropology of ethics and moralities, Comparative and historical sociology, Asian assemblages of science and religion