SOC 316 B: Introduction To Sociological Theory

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Summer Term: 
Meeting Time: 
MW 1:10pm - 3:20pm
SAV 264
Issa Abdulcadir

Syllabus Description:

This course will provide an introduction to the major theoretical approaches in sociology. Through a survey of “classical” and modern sociological theory we will explore the emergence and conceptualization of the modern self in sociology with a particular emphasis on how theoretical models explain individual behavior and the structural contexts within which individual choice and action are made. In order to accomplish this, we will first interrogate the nature of theory itself: What is a theory and what elements comprise it? How do theories develop? How do theories work? What do theories do for the contexts to which they are applied, and the fields of study in which they are used? As we critically evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of particular theoretical approaches, we will also discuss social and social scientific assumptions about the social world.

Catalog Description: 
Introduction to sociological theory. Includes classical theorists Adam Smith, Karl Marx, Emile Durkheim, and Max Weber and their influence on contemporary theoretical debate.
GE Requirements: 
Individuals and Societies (I&S)
Writing (W)
Last updated: 
July 22, 2016 - 9:12pm