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.