Erin R. Powers
Introduction to sociological theory. Includes classical theorists Adam Smith, Karl Marx, Emile Durkheim, and Max Weber and their influence on contemporary theoretical debate.
Students will learn classical sociological theories about the causes of social order. We will focus on diagramming causal relationships, comparing, applying, and critquing theories to improve analytical thinking and writing skills.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Lectures supplemented by classroom exercises and discussion.
Class assignments and grading
NOTE: This is a writing-intensive course, which culminates in a term paper applying theory to explain an empirical case of social order. There are writing assignments throughout the course and a peer review process at the end.