Summer 2024 - SA 350 D100

Classical Sociological Thought (S) (4)

Class Number: 2373

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    May 6 – Aug 2, 2024: Thu, 11:30 a.m.–2:20 p.m.

  • 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 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.


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%
  • In-class final test (non-cumulative) 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 Honesty and Student Conduct Policies: The Department of Sociology & Anthropology follows SFU policy in relation to grading practices, grade appeals (Policy T20.01), and academic honesty and student conduct procedures (S10‐S10.05). 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.

Centre for Accessible Learning: Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need classroom or exam accommodations are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (1250 Maggie Benston Centre) as soon as possible to ensure that they are eligible and that approved accommodations and services are implemented in a timely fashion.

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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.



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Registrar Notes:


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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.


Students with a faith background who may need accommodations during the term are encouraged to assess their needs as soon as possible and review the Multifaith religious accommodations website. The page outlines ways they begin working toward an accommodation and ensure solutions can be reached in a timely fashion.