Spring 2019 - SA 250 D100

Introduction to Sociological Theory (S) (4)

Class Number: 3088

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 3 – Apr 8, 2019: Wed, 1:30–5:20 p.m.

  • Instructor:

    Lindsey Freeman
    Office: AQ 5075
    Office Hours: MO|WE 12:00-13:00
  • Prerequisites:

    SA 150.



An account of sociological theory, outlining the main ideas and concepts of the principal schools of thought.


This course provides an overview in foundations of sociological theory. Beginning with key figures in the development of the discipline and ultimately arriving at their critics, this class seeks to give students the tools to evaluate and to make lively sociological theories while expressing their ideas through discussion and writing. In the first part of the course, specific attention will be directed at major thinkers that constitute the foundations of sociological traditions, such as Emile Durkheim, Max Weber, Georg Simmel, W.E.B. DuBois, and others. We will then follow sociological thinking through various mainstream and avant garde schools of thought and analytical positions, such as: the Frankfurt School, Collège de Sociologie, symbolic interactionism, neo-Marxism and Marxian thought, feminist theory, critical race theory, and semiotics. Along the way we will follow the development of the ideas of the sociological imagination, reflexivity, and critical histories of modernity.


  • Participation 10%
  • Presentation 20%
  • Essays (2 x 20%, 1 x 30%) 70%


Grading: Where a final exam is scheduled and you do not write the exam or withdraw from the course before the deadline date, you will be assigned an N grade. Unless otherwise specified on the course outline, all other graded assignments in this course must be completed for a final grade other than N to be assigned.

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.



All readings posted to Canvas.

Registrar Notes:

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