Summer 2023 - SA 250 D100
Introduction to Sociological Theory (S) (4)
Class Number: 2327
Delivery Method: In Person
Course Times + Location:
Tu 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
RCB 5120, Burnaby
1 778 782-6630
Office: AQ 5100A
Office Hours: by appointment
An account of sociological theory, outlining the main ideas and concepts of the principal schools of thought.
Charles Lemert defines social theory as “talk about the social world.” This is a great definition because it encompasses so many media forms that incorporate claims about human nature, society, social inequality, and social change. We are exposed to these claims in our daily life, whether we stop to notice or interrogate them. This course introduces students to a systematic method for identifying and assessing theoretical claims about society. We begin by focusing on popular music and reading a novel, and then move on to more formal pieces of social theory.
COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:
Students will develop the ability to recognize and analyze social theory and communicate complex ideas both verbally and in writing.
- Class presentation and 750-word analysis of a popular song 20%
- In-class written response to assigned reading (x4) 20%
- In-class midterm examination 30%
- 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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Piercy, Marge. (1975). Woman on the Edge of Time.
All other texts available as pdfs via Canvas
ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: YOUR WORK, YOUR SUCCESS
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