Fall 2023 - SA 450 E100

Advanced Sociological Theory (S) (4)

Class Number: 2761

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Th 4:30 PM – 8:20 PM  2023-09-06  2023-12-05
    AQ 5039, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    Yildiz Atasoy
    1 778 782-5520
    Office: AQ 5082
    Office Hours: Thursday: 3:30pm-4:20pm (by appointment)
  • 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.


This course provides a forum for addressing the historical and global dimensions of social change by making connections between the old-style liberalism of the colonial era and the neoliberalism of today’s world. It presents a space for critical engagement with hegemonies of historical capitalism in the global system and historical processes and structures of oppression. This engagement includes an in-depth investigation of colonialism, primitive accumulation, dispossession, commodification and capital accumulation, organization of state power and political alliances, and multiple forms of oppression and their intersectionality within historical processes and structures of capitalism. Through focused reading, critical analysis of international news, in-depth class discussion, and historical investigation the course will stimulate a critical rethinking of emancipatory politics that is attentive to democracy and non-market values of well-being.


  • Paper proposal and annotated bibliography 15%
  • Final paper 30%
  • Class presentation 30%
  • Peer review 10%
  • Presenting the international news of the week 5%
  • Participation in Class and Online-Canvas discussions 10%


Students will receive an N grade if they do not complete any one of the following assignments: Written summary; written commentary; class presentation; and critical journals. 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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Available in the modules section on Canvas, online, and at SFU Library. I have also listed some optional readings for your perusal if you wish to access additional readings. .


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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.