Both Classical and Contemporary Theory will be studied and discussed in this class. The class begins with an intensive study of the origins of sociological thought in the nineteenth century as a response to the conditions of modernity. Students will study the social analysis of thinkers who sought to make sense out of the dramatic shift from traditional to modern society. Students will read the original texts of such sociologists as Karl Marx, Emile Durkheim, and Max Weber, who are considered responsible for establishing the theoretical foundation of the modern discipline of sociology. The class will build on the foundation of these theorists, as students learn current day theoretical perspectives. Students will read original texts of the current theories in major sociological perspectives such as functional theory, conflict theory, interaction theory, rational choice, theory, and postmodernism. Prerequisite: SOC 1000 or consent of the instructor.
Ways of Thinking: Social Theory
Start – End Dates
05/18/2020 - 08/14/2020
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