Introduction to Sociology (human sciences)
Human Sciences Preliminary Examination paper 4b
Current and classic discussions of explanatory strategies and social mechanisms, models of individual action and the consequences of aggregation. Empirical research involving these approaches in areas of substantive sociological interest such as social class, ethnicity, religion, the family, politics.
Philosophy, Politics, and Economics paper 220
The study of the social basis of political competition (including social cleavages and identities), social and political attitudes (including political culture), processes of political engagement and competition (including elections, proTest politics and the mass media), the social basis for the formation, change, and maintenance of political institutions (including democracy and welfare states). Candidates must show knowledge based on the study of more than two major industrial countries.
- 8 lectures in Michaelmas Term: Dr Stephen Fisher
- 8 lectures in Hilary Term: Dr James Tilley and Dr Michael Biggs
Sociology of Post-Industrial Societies
Human Sciences paper 13; Philosophy, Politics, and Economics paper 219
Rubric (Human Sciences): Candidates will be expected to show knowledge of the following aspects of the social structure of urban-industrial societies: occupation and economic structure; social stratification and mobility; education and the family; the social significance of gender and ethnicity; the social structure of religion; the social context of politics and the impact on society of the state. Candidates must have knowledge of modern Britain and at least one other industrial society, and of the main general theories of industrial society.
Rubric (Philosophy, Politics, and Economics): Candidates will be expected to show knowledge of the following aspects of the social structure of urban-industrial societies: occupation and economic structure; social stratification and mobility; education; the social significance of gender and ethnicity; demography and the family; the social structure of religion; the social context of politics and the impact on society of the state and politics. They must show knowledge of modern Britain and at least one other industrial society, and of the main general theories of industrial society.
Human Sciences paper 5b; Philosophy, Politics, and Economics paper 218
Theoretical perspectives including rational choice; evolutionary psychology; interpersonal interaction; social integration and networks; functionalism. Substantive problems including stratification; gender; race and ethnicity; collective action; norms; ideology. Candidates will be expected to use theories to explain substantive problems.
In this paper you will investigate a variety of theoretical perspectives on social life. Some perspectives examine how social structures are built up from individual action, whether driven by evolutionary psychology, decided by rational choice, or motivated by meaningful values. Others identify the emergent properties of social life, ranging from face-to-face interaction to social networks to structures of thought. You will use these perspectives to investigate substantive problems. What explains the persistence of gender inequality? Why do social norms change? How do some groups manage to solve problems of collective action? Throughout, you will learn how the insights of classical sociologists are being advanced in contemporary research.
- Theoretical Perspectives (Dr Michael Biggs): 8 lectures, Michaelmas Term
- Sociological Problems (Prof Federico Varese): 8 lectures, Hilary Term