Fall 2017 - SA 450 D100

Advanced Sociological Theory (S) (4)

Class Number: 2508

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 5 – Dec 4, 2017: Fri, 1:30–5:20 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    Minimum of 72 units including SA 350, a GPA of at least 3.25 and consent of the instructor.



A senior seminar on current perspectives in sociological theory. Emphasis will differ from semester to semester.


The purpose of this course is to provide space for us to engage with social theorizing that troubles the Eurocentric, white supremacist, colonial and capitalist constructions of the human that traditionally anchor the origin story of Sociology as a discipline. Our project involves reading against the grain of whiteness and is necessarily multidisciplinary, drawing as it does on critical race, postcolonial, cultural studies, black feminist, indigenous and biopolitics/assemblage theorizing. We will do this by focusing on socio-historical context and applying analytical questions to explore the ways in which various activist/intellectuals have framed their critiques of the West.

Classroom Activities  
Classroom activities will include lectures, cooperative group activities, discussions, student presentations and media samples.


  • Three critical summaries (750 wd) and in-class presentations (10-15 min)- 10% each for a total of 30% of final grade 30%
  • Thematic analysis - 70% of final grade
  • Final paper (2000 words) 40%
  • Poster presentation (20 min + 20 min facilitated discussion) 30%


Grading: Unless otherwise specified on the course outline, all graded assignments for this course must be completed for a final grade other than N to be assigned.


KEEP IT FRAGRANCE FREE. Many people are allergic to the scents found in perfume and body care products. Please make the classroom a space where all can breathe without breathing in these chemical toxins.

UNPLUG – TURN IT OFF. Turn off all cellphones, tablets, laptops, and other electronic devices before coming into the classroom. You will be given two breaks during each class, at which point you may exit the classroom to check for messages if you need to do so.

PLAN AHEAD. Readings are to be completed prior to the class indicated on the syllabus. Extensions for assignments are to be negotiated in advance.

BE ORIGINAL (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.



W.E.B. Dubois, Illustrated Souls of Black Folk

In lieu of purchasing a physical copy of this text, you may choose to either rent or purchase the eTextbook from https://www.vitalsource.com/products/illustrated-souls-of-black-folk-w-e-b-du-bois-v9781317257844
ISBN: 978-1594510304

Registrar Notes:

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://students.sfu.ca/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