SOCI-202 Sociological Theory
Fall for 2005-2006
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This course will provide the student with an understanding of the rise of Sociology and the social sciences as an intellectual field. We will cover the history of western ideas embedded in Sociology and take a critical look at the founders of the field and their followers. In this sense we will look upon Sociology as four classical traditions: Tocqueville’s Civic Republicanism; Marx’s Historical Determinism; Durkheim’s Social Solidarity; and Weber’s Historical and Critical Tradition. In each tradition we will also examine the contemporary sociologists who follow in the line of the founders. In addition we will read the work of Patricia Hill Collins and Dorothy Smith as representatives of Feminist Theory in the social sciences. The course will have two midterm essay exams and a final essay exam due on the scheduled examination date that require comparative and original thinking.
Prerequisites: A Course in SOCI
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Fall '05: Palacios, Joseph (file download)
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