Sociology | Social Theory
S340 | 3894 | Zaret


S340 Social Theory (3CR)
3894 2:30-3:45  MW  BH146
Zaret
COAS INTENSIVE WRITING SECTION & REQUIRES REGISTRATION IN W333

This course provides an introduction to the foundations of
social theory.  We will read original writings by 19th and 20th
century theorists whose work established major perspectives
that continue today to guide systematic reflection on social
life.  The importance of these perspectives goes beyond
academic sociology to the broader cultural and political world
where sociological theories, in diluted form, also guide
ongoing debates over many pressing social issues.  Writings by
Comte, Mill, Marx, Durkheim, Weber and Goffman will be
assigned.

Throughout the course emphasis will be on the relationship
between theory and society.  Sociological theory developed in
the 19th and 20th centuries as an intellectual response to the
impact of the industrial and political revolutions on European
and North American societies.  Most of the major themes in this
course derive from the changes wrought by the impact of the
twin revolutions--political and industrial--on society.  These
themes include inequality, individualism, religion and science
in society, gender inequality, and the impact of technological
and economic changes on the culture of industrial society.