Fall 2023 - SA 250 D100

Introduction to Sociological Theory (S) (4)

Class Number: 2854

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 6 – Dec 5, 2023: Mon, 2:30–5:20 p.m.

    Oct 10, 2023: Tue, 2:30–5:20 p.m.

  • 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. By focusing on key figures in the development of the discipline and dynamic thinkers of more recent vintage, this class gives 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 to read legacies of Marxism, sacred sociology, along with questions of value and exchange. Along the way we will follow the development of the ideas of the sociological imagination, reflexivity, and critical histories of modernity.


Students will develop the ability to think with social theory and to express their sociological imaginations through class discussions and written assignments.


  • 2 theory through film papers of exactly 1,000 words 20%
  • Midterm paper of exactly 2,000 words 40%
  • Final paper of exactly 2,000 words 40%


Course Policies:

  • Plagiarism or cheating of any kind in the course of academic work is taken very seriously. Academic honesty includes accurate use of quotations, as well as appropriate and explicit citation of sources in instances of paraphrasing and describing ideas, or of reporting on research findings or any aspect of the work of others—including that of instructors and other students. These standards of academic honesty and citation of sources apply to all forms of academic work: examinations, essays, theses, art and design work, oral presentations, and other projects. It is the responsibility of students to follow the rules of proper citation.
  • No recording, photographing or videotaping of the course is permitted without written permission from the professor.

: 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.

The Sociology and Anthropology Student Union, SASU, is a governing body of students who are engaged with the department and want to build the SA community. Get involved!  Follow Facebook and Instagram pages or visit our website.


  • Film papers are due before class on the day their theories are being discussed.
  • Late papers will be accepted or granted only in extreme cases.
  • Please note that no extra assignments are possible in light of doing poorly on any given assignment.
  • All texts assigned for the week should be read before our class meeting.
  • This is an in-person class. Students should attend all class meetings, while keeping good public health practices in mind. If you miss more than four classes without extenuating circumstances + documentation you will fail the course.



All texts will be available online through SFU library or will be uploaded as pdfs on Canvas.


Your personalized Course Material list, including digital and physical textbooks, are available through the SFU Bookstore website by simply entering your Computing ID at: shop.sfu.ca/course-materials/my-personalized-course-materials.

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity website 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


Students with a faith background who may need accommodations during the semester 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.