TimeDaysLocationInstructorGERCreditOPUS Class NumberSyllabus (Tentative)
Tarbutton Hall 105
John Boli. WRT. 41722 TBA.

January 12, 2011- April 25, 2011

Catalog Description: Prerequisite: one sociology course or consent of instructor. Analysis of development of sociological theory as tradition of inquiry into organization and change of groups and societies. Covers classical and major contemporary contributions.

Semester Details:

This course introduces and critically analyzes the sociological theories of Marx, Weber, Durkheim, Mead, and DuBois, as well as examples of recent theoretical work following these classic traditions.  Major themes include the rise of modern society, power and authority, social solidarity, racial stratification, religion and ritual, and the social nature of the self.  Special attention will be given to showing the relevance of sociological theory to contemporary society and social issues.

Required Textbooks, Articles, and Resources

  1. Durkheim, Emile, & Bellah, Robert N. (Editor). On Morality and Society: Selected Writings.
    ISBN: 9780226173368.
  2. Desfor, Laura, & Appelrouth, Scott. Sociological Theory in the Classical Era: Text and Readings.
    ISBN: 9780761928027.
  3. Smith, Adam, Heilbroner, R. L., & Malone, Lawrence J. (Editor). The Essential Adam Smith.
    ISBN: 9780393955309.
  4. Mead, George Herbert, & Strauss, Anselm L. (Editor). George Herbert Mead on Social Psychology.
    ISBN: 9780226516653.
  5. Marx, Karl, Engels, Friedrich , McLellan, David P. (Editor), & Tucker, Robert C. (Editor). The Marx-Engels Reader.
    ISBN: 9780393090406.


Assignment/ExamDetails% of Total Grade
2-3 exams
extensive reading
numerous writing and analysis exercises

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