Summer 2020 - SA 350 D100

Classical Sociological Thought (S) (4)

Class Number: 2151

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 8:30 AM – 12:20 PM

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Aug 14, 2020
    12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    Location: TBA

  • Instructor:

    - Travers
    1 778 782-6630
    Office: AQ 5100A
    Office Hours: By appointment only.
  • Prerequisites:

    SA 250.



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


Durkheim, Marx, and Weber are central figures among the most significant contributors to early Sociology. They addressed fundamental questions relating to power, social change, human nature, inequality, and social cohesion. The power of their ideas reverberates throughout contemporary sociology and popular culture. Many of the debates and conflicts these thinkers responded to, and in some cases provoked, remain central to our exploration of society. In this course we will examine the works of Durkheim, Marx, and Weber in relation to their historical context and relevance to Sociology and society today. We will conclude the course by reading The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. DuBois as a way of sparking a deeper discussion of the emergence of dominant modes of modern theorizing in terms of whiteness, wealth, and hetero-patriarchal masculinity.


  • Analytical response paper 30%
  • Midterm exam (in-class) 40%
  • Final exam (in-class) 30%


Grading: Where a final exam is scheduled and the student does not write the exam or withdraw from the course before the deadline date, an N grade will be assigned. Unless otherwise specified on the course syllabus, all graded assignments for this course must be completed for a final grade other than N to be assigned. An N is considered as an F for the purposes of scholastic standing.

Grading System: The Undergraduate Course Grading System is as follows:

A+ (95-100) | A (90-94) | A- (85-89) | B+ (80-84) | B (75-79) | B- (70-74) | C+ (65-69) | C (60-64) | C- (55-59) | D (50-54) | F (0-49) | N*
*N standing to indicate the student did not complete course requirements

Academic Dishonesty and Misconduct Policy: The Department of Sociology & 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.


Weekly online live stream class meeting: Tuesday, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm (recorded)



Universal Access Remote learning for this semester requires a computer or tablet, camera, and internet access. Most laptops and desktops are running OSX and Windows. Tablets may be Android, iOS or Windows based. Headsets are advised but not necessary. Note that students have access to free Office 365 or Adobe Creative Cloud found here.


Durkheim, Emile. (2014). The Division of Labor in Society, Introduction and Translation by Steven Lukes, New York: The Free Press, A Division of Macmillan.
ISBN: 978-1-476749730

All other texts available will be available as PDFs via Canvas. You will need to print them out and bring them to class for the date assigned.

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity web site 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.


Please note that all teaching at SFU in summer term 2020 will be conducted through remote methods. Enrollment in this course acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning ( or 778-782-3112) as soon as possible to ensure that they are eligible and that approved accommodations and services are implemented in a timely fashion.