Spring 2024 - SA 250 OL01

Introduction to Sociological Theory (S) (4)

Class Number: 2000

Delivery Method: Online


  • Course Times + Location:


  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 19, 2024
    Fri, 7:00–7:00 p.m.

  • Instructor:

    Evelyn Encalada Grez
    1 778 782-3657
    Office Hours: Mondays 11:00 am - 12 pm via zoom
  • Prerequisites:

    SA 150.



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


This course probes social theory, its evolution, and the ways it explicates social phenomena and everyday life. We will engage with science fiction to animate our imagination for alternate realities and futures. We will also focus on Western thinkers that have laid the foundation for sociology as a discipline. We will end with decentering Western thought and turn to postmodernism, critical race theory, and Indigeneity to offer alternate worldviews and centre voices that challenge traditional sociological canons. Overall, the course will unpack question such as: what makes us human? What are the sources of inequality and how do we transform society? Our questions and discussions will be grounded in the contemporary context with a lens not only on Canada but on major world affairs.


By the end of this course students you will be able to ...

• Distinguish key sociological theorists and their contributions
• Employ critical analysis in your writing and thinking
• Develop and expand your vocabulary for sociological theorizing
• Apply sociological theories to contemporary social problems


  • 6 Module Discussions 10%
  • 5 Module Responses 25%
  • Final Assignment: Critical Response 30%
  • Final take-home exam 35%


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.

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.



Lemert, C. (Ed.). (2016). Social theory: The multicultural, global, and classic readings. Westview Press. (Available digitally through the SFU library)

All readings and other materials will be made available digitally through 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