Programme/Approved Electives for 2023/24
Available as a Free Standing Elective
This module gives a criticial investigation of illusion, fakery and make-believe during modern times. It asks what do we mean by magic in a global setting at discourses, for example, about witchcraft, spiritualism, zombies and conspiracies. It extends students understanding of key sociological concepts - modernity, scapegoating, materiality, gender, ethnicity and alienated capitalism, through an analysis of for example, vampires, zombies and witchcraft in different socio economic, political and cultural contexts. In this process of critical investigation, it allows students to explore changing epistemological ideas about reality, science, progress and reason in modern times.
Intended Learning Outcomes
Articulate knowledge of different ideas about magic and how different discourses about the unknown have developed in a historical and cross-cultural context: 1Demonstrate the ability to relate key concerns of sociology to an understanding of make-believe in different parts of the world: 1Critically explore the relationship of magic to enlightenment ideas about rationality, science, reason and progress: 1Critically recognise the different social, economic and cultural factors shaping illusion and the unknown: 1
20 contact hours - 10 lectures x 10 tutorials40 hours tutorial preparation30 hours assessment preparation60 hours independent study
1: Essay weighted 100%
Description of Module Assessment
2500 word essay2500 word essay chosen from a list of 4 questions which relate to the wider themes of the module.