Sociology | Social Theory
S340 | 20357 | Steensland


Above section COLL INTENSIVE WRITING
Above section OPEN TO MAJORS ONLY

The classical sociologists of the late 19th and early 20th centuries
asked big questions about the nature of society:  What keeps societies
together? What produces conflict? What shapes human action and
decision-making? What are the social sources of power? How and why do
societies change? They distinguished themselves from philosophers by
working out their answers within the context of the major social
transformations of their period:  the industrialization of work, the
expansion of capitalism, the growth of democracy and individualism,
the rise of the bureaucratic organization, and the increasing
influence of science.  This course explores the continuing relevance
of these classical theorists by examining how we can use their
insights to understand aspects of our own era, such as consumerism,
21st century work life, social classification, modern ritual, the
information revolution, genetic engineering, and divisions based on
class and race.  This course is also designated as an Intensive
Writing requirement.  Therefore an emphasis throughout the course will
be placed on improving writing skills.  All students should be
co-registers in COAS W333.  (You will receive a separate grade B
Satisfactory or Fail B for this COAS part of the course.)