Discuss Marx’s critique of ‘capitalist modernity’ and examine the extent to which his criticisms are still relevant today.

Learning Outcomes:

Classical Social Theory

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  1. Demonstrate a deep and critical understanding of a range of classical social theories and perspectives along with their key concepts and arguments.
  2. Evaluate classical social theories in relation to their historical and social contexts.
  3. Critically apply aspects of classical social theories to important social problems and issues of our times.
  4. Apply an understanding, appreciation and use of a wide range of relevant reading, whilst demonstrating an individual approach to the material, drawing conclusions based on an analytical and critical approach, and presenting written work in a clear and well-structured manner

Summative Assessment Overview:

Alternative Assessment: you will produce 2 short essay style responses (using a maximum of 3000 words in total, not per essay). You will answer the one compulsory question and one other question from a list.

Compulsory question (you must answer this):
1. Summarise the main historical processes and events that contributed to the

formation of western ‘modernity’.

You must also answer one of the following questions:

  1. Discuss Marx’s critique of ‘capitalist modernity’ and examine the extent to which his criticisms are still relevant today.
  2. How does Durkheim understand the transition to ‘modernity’ and what are the dangers he associates with ‘modern’ social life?
  3. How does Weber’s Protestant Ethic thesis and his notion of rationalisation help us to understand the western experience of ‘modernity’?
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5. Drawing on the work and key concepts of DuBois and/or Gilman, explore the ways in which classical social theory has neglected experiences of racial and/or gender inequality.

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