SOCI-202 Sociological Theory
Fall for 2007-2008
This course will provide the student with an understanding of the rise of Sociology and the social sciences as an intellectual field. At the beginning of the semester 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. We will look upon Sociology as three classical traditions: 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 and one final take home essay exams that require comparative analysis and original thinking. Each exam is equivalent to a 10-12 page paper.
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Fall '07: Palacios, Joseph (file download)
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