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Daniel Koski-Karell
SOC 316
Seattle Campus

Introduction to Sociological Theory

Introduction to sociological theory. Includes classical theorists Adam Smith, Karl Marx, Emile Durkheim, and Max Weber and their influence on contemporary theoretical debate.

Class description

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.

Recommended preparation

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.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Daniel Koski-Karell
Date: 03/15/2012