Sociology | Social Theory
S340 | 10277 | Von Der Haar


ABOVE SECTION COAS INTENSIVE WRITING SECTION
OPEN TO MAJORS ONLY

In this course, we will examine the thoughts, ideas, and theories of
some of the greatest thinkers in historyCKarl 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 courseCto 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.