SOC411 Advanced Sociological Theory (8)

This subject fosters an in-depth understanding of sociological theory to enable critical awareness of problems and issues confronting contemporary society. By reading, analyzing and assessing the arguments, merits and drawbacks of original social theory texts, students will develop and enhance their capacity for theoretical analysis through practice.

Subject Outlines
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No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2018.

Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

Not for students who have done SOC-4114; BA(Hons) students only

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate a thorough understanding and knowledge of a range of sociological theorists and their contributions to the field;
  • have developed a complex appreciation for the central issues and problems of sociological theory;
  • li>be able to demonstrate an appreciation of the intellectual and social contexts in which sociological theories have been developed;
  • be able to assemble ideas about sociological theory into a coherent argument of high standards, applying the tools of critical analysis; and
  • be able to demonstrate in depth an understanding of the relationship between theory and the research agendas and processes of contemporary sociology.


This subject will cover the following topics:

- Understanding and comparison of major and minor sociological theoretical paradigms - In-depth focus and analysis of a contemporary theoretical issue in sociology - Problems and issues confronting sociological theorists - Critical analysis of the work of selected theorists - The relationship between theory and research


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.