Lecturer: Prof Monty J. Roodt
Course: Industry, Economy & Society
Welcome to the course on social theory. Social theory, as you will remember from last year, underpins everything that we do in sociology, from the study of social processes such as the change from agrarian to industrial and post-industrial society and the impact of social structures such as class, gender and race within these processes. The pivotal issue of the extent to which we humans are socially constructed and determined by society and the degree of subjectivity and conscious creative choice we are able to exert, lie at the centre of the different theories we will study.
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Lecturer: Emma Hay
Course: Social Research
Welcome to the social research course. This course is designed to give you a broad introduction to the different theoretical principles and related methodologies that provide the social sciences with the research evidence necessary to allow systematic exploration of the theories that you have already encountered, and will continue to encounter throughout your degree. The knowledge and practical skills that you will acquire during this course will be further expanded upon, developed and then assessed next year and will aid your critical understanding of the value of sociology in helping us contemplate our social world.
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Lecturer: Professor Lucien van der Walt
Course: Work & Organisations
This course on ‘Work and Organisations’ provides an introduction to the sociology of work in the capitalist economy. Work is an absolutely central part of society. No society can reproduce itself without ongoing productive activity by a significant number of its members. Under capitalism, work is mainly remunerated through wages. However, not all work is remunerated. Besides paid work for an employer, at a given workplace, there is a large sphere of unpaid work in the home and in the neighbourhood. Work itself – crudely, the actual performance of specific tasks in a given time and place by human effort, for others – is a process i.e. the labour process.
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