Fall 2019 - SA 350 D100

Classical Sociological Thought (S) (4)

Class Number: 3842

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 3 – Dec 2, 2019: Tue, Thu, 10:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.

  • Instructor:

    Gary Teeple
    1 778 782-4734
    Office: AQ 5064
    Office Hours: TU/TH 09:30-10:20 or by appointment
  • Prerequisites:

    SA 250.



An examination of aspects of the work of one or more of the nineteenth or early twentieth century sociological theorists.


This course on classical sociological theory will introduce the student to some of the basic theories and theorists central to the discipline and to some key concepts and issues that have characterized the field of sociology. It will examine the meaning of social reality, ‘social facts,’ property, class, the state, the Keynesian welfare state, religion, gender inequality, and culture, among other concepts, issues.

The class will rest on weekly lectures and discussion based on the articles and book chapters available online or in the library.


At the end of the course, the student should have:

  1. a broad grasp of some of the main concepts and theories in sociology,
  2. a sense of some of the key current social issues,
  3. a novel and critical view of the discipline of sociology and contemporary society,
  4. a broad theoretical preparation for further studies in sociology.


  • Weekly definitions 15%
  • Study notes 15%
  • Critical book review 30%
  • Term essay 40%


Grading: Where a final exam is scheduled and you do not write the exam or withdraw from the course before the deadline date, you will be assigned an N grade. Unless otherwise specified on the course outline, all other graded assignments in this course must be completed for a final grade other than N to be assigned.

Academic Dishonesty and Misconduct Policy: The Department of Sociology and Anthropology follows SFU policy in relation to grading practices, grade appeals (Policy T 20.01) and academic dishonesty and misconduct procedures (S10.01‐S10.04). Unless otherwise informed by your instructor in writing, in graded written assignments you must cite the sources you rely on and include a bibliography/list of references, following an instructor-approved citation style.  It is the responsibility of students to inform themselves of the content of SFU policies available on the SFU website: http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student.html



Required and recommended readings will be listed on the course syllabus.


This course will follow the readings supplied or recommended, and most will be available electronically. There will be two or three articles or book chapters to read per week. It is expected that students will read material pertaining to each section. It is also expected that the reflections on these readings will be brought to the classes and will form the basis for student participation.


There are many introductory books on sociological theory; the student should try to become familiar with at least one or two of them for their own background knowledge.

Registrar Notes:

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html