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Erin R. Powers
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

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.

Recommended preparation

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.

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Last Update by Erin R. Powers
Date: 06/08/2010