Introduction to sociological theory. Includes classical theorists Adam Smith, Karl Marx, Emile Durkheim, and Max Weber and their influence on contemporary theoretical debate.
This course matches classical and contemporary social theory with current events to introduce students to the major theoretical approaches to sociological. The aim of the course is to explore the broad themes of social order, social conflict, and social change and how these sociological processes are unfolding in our world today.
Student learning goals
Students will understand the classic, foundational works of modern sociology.
Students will understand the development and evolution of sociological theory during the 20th century.
Students will be able to apply sociological theory to contemporary social and political issues.
Students will be able to explain theoretical social processes in carefully reasoned essays and presentations.
General method of instruction
Class time will be a mix of lecture, small-group work, and discussion.
SOC 110; SOC 300 recommended
Class assignments and grading
Written assignments will draw heavily from assigned readings. Presentations and discussions will rely on assigned readings and class lectures.
Grades will be based on class participation, short essay writing, and in-class presentations.