EDPS 360 (A2) Fall 2013

Posts Tagged ‘social theory’

Critical Theory & Methodology

In Cooperative Blog Posts on September 23, 2013 at 11:27 am

By Juweira:

Listening to Saunders on ABC Radio and his interview with Phillip Bell really got me thinking, what are we being taught as University students? I completed an undergraduate degree in Political Science and History and now I have come to realize that some of my course readings consisted of old Greek Philosophers’ works that were difficult to understand at first, but once I put some effort into my readings I was able to get the gist of these ‘theories’ and gather a better understanding of them. However, I also recall reading the work of some authors who went on a path of circular reasoning and did not explain the concepts they presented in their work. Moreover, they definitely threw me off and I lost my passion for Political Science. Although I had to read Raymond Morrow’s work twice, Read the rest of this entry »

What is social theory (I): Scoping the Social as a “Brother from Another Planet”

In Activities on September 16, 2013 at 11:15 am

One of the aims of this course is to help you develop your capacity to link theoretical concepts and the “real world,” and to use these analyses to formulate practical action. The activity below is designed to introduce you to the concept of social theory and to push you toward a more theoretically informed way of looking at the world. It will also prepare you for the first day of class.

Have a look at Visualizing the Social, the opening chapter of Anthony Woodiwiss’s (2005) excellent book Scoping the Social (2005). Part way through, Woodiwiss writes that… Read the rest of this entry »

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