SOC488-Fall 2013 Description

This course will investigate classical and contemporary theoretical perspectives in sociology. We will examine developments in social theory from the 1800s until the present, and in the process we will cover the work of “classical” theorists such as Marx, Weber and Durkheim. We will also discuss Simmel and Mead adding them to the “classical” canon. After that we will study Parsons and follow with some of the most relevant theorists of the post WWII era. We will look at the main concepts, methods, applications and its intersections of each of these theorists. Course readings include almost exclusively primary readings along with applications to contemporary social problems and issues. Writing assignments will give students practice in critically analyzing and applying the various perspectives.