Social Reality and Ideology


Sociologists construe ideology as ideas that conceal social inequalities. This course explores the meaning of ideology and some of its related concepts, such as hegemony, discourse and subjugation. It then critically analyses some of the most pervasive contemporary ideologies. Specifically, we will look at ideologies on competition and capitalism, the origins of profit, the faith we place in technology to solve social problems, discourses on law and order and the viability of democracy and a free press.

Course objectives

By the end of this course, a student should:

  • Have a general understanding of theory on ideology, representation and discourse
  • Be familiar with how sociocultural contexts, political and economic interests and ideologies intersect
  • Be able to identify and critically analyse contemporary ideologies using appropriate theory
  • Feel comfortable conducting independent research in light of broader sociological theories
  • Be confident with writing a 1500-word manuscript on a relevant topic that combines academic research, independently gathered data and critical analysis
  • Have some of the foundation necessary to think about and develop research questions and practices in future academic pursuits  

To achieve the course objectives listed above you will need to:

  • Attend each weekly class
  • Read and understand each assigned reading
  • Participate in class discussions
  • Write a 500 word manuscript
  • Write a 1500 word manuscript
  • Sit one final exam

Availability 2022

Not taught in 2022


Coordinator(s) Dr Ronald Kramer


All readings are included in the course reader.

Recommended Reading

 All readings are included in the course reader.


SOCIOL 203: 15 points


60 points passed from BA courses