Sociology | Social Theory
S340 | 3687 | Chris VonDerHaar


THIS SECTION COAS INTENSIVE WRITING SECTION & ALSO
OPEN TO SOCIOLOGY MAJORS ONLY

In this course, we will examine the thoughts, ideas, and theories of
some of the greatest thinkers in history-Karl Marx, Max Weber, Emile
Durkheim, George Herbert Mead, Lev Vygotsky, and many more.  We will
see how these social theorists explained their own social worlds, and
we will ask whether their theories have any relevance to social life
today.  The social theories we will examine provide excellent models
for critical thinking.  They will, therefore, serve one of the most
important goals of this course-to develop strong writing skills.  As
we will see, social theorists are adept at processing, organizing, and
making sense out of large amounts of information.  They show us how to
think in abstract ways and how to recognize patterns of relationships
among many variables.  By reading and studying these masters of social
theory, students will develop skills that are highly valued in
American society today.

Grades in this course will be based upon an evaluation of writing
assignments (3-4 papers), class participation, and attendance.