Fall 2021 - SA 850 G100
Selected Topics in Social Theory (5)
Class Number: 5339
Delivery Method: In Person
Examines different historical and contemporary perspectives from the body of social theory. Students from other departments and faculties may enroll with permission of instructor.
This course reviews some of the classic works in social/sociological theory and then moves quickly into mid-to-late 20th century frameworks from the German, French, and Anglo-American traditions, including social construction theory, social interaction theory, functionalism, post-structuralism, postmodernism. Students will select themes or concepts to follow through the works, and select two theorists from different traditions (Anglo-American, French) and develop a comparison in relationship to their own topical interests.
COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:
- Identify major trends in the history of social theory;
- Developed advanced skills in reading theoretical texts;
- Understand and properly use commentaries, applications, and biographical materials related to theory and theorists;
- Develop strong exegetical writing skills, including the comparison of terms and concepts;
- Apply competing theorist to the same issue, using a comparison structure.
- Attendance and participation 15%
- Skills modules 15%
- Asynchronous group activities (2 x 7.5%) 15%
- Key term essays (4 x 5%) 20%
- Key term comparison essay 10%
- Application of key term essay 10%
- Double key term application essay 15%
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.
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All readings will be available through Canvas, the SFU Library, or otherwise online as noted.
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TEACHING AT SFU IN FALL 2021
Teaching at SFU in fall 2021 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with approximately 70 to 80 per cent of classes in person/on campus, with safety plans in place. Whether your course will be in-person or through remote methods will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes. You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).
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