Fall 2023 - SA 350 D100
Classical Sociological Thought (S) (4)
Class Number: 2826
Delivery Method: In Person
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 explorations 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, colonialism, wealth, and hetero-patriarchal masculinity.
COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:
Students will develop the ability to read and analyze social theory and to communicate complex ideas verbally and in writing.
- In-class critical response X 3 30%
- In-class midterm examination (open book) 40%
- On-line final test (non-cumulative) 30%
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 additional readings are available as pdfs via Canvas. Up until the midterm, you will need to print them out and bring them to class for date assigned.
REQUIRED READING NOTES:
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