TimeDaysLocationInstructorGERCreditOPUS Class NumberSyllabus (Tentative)
Candler Library 114
Steidl, Christina. WRT. 41724 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 will systematically review some of the classical sociological theorists that have contributed to current sociological thought. We will closely read, discuss, and analyze original works by six authors (Smith, Marx, Durkheim, Weber, DuBois, and Goffman) and will focus on the socio-historical context within which the texts were written as well as their relevance for understanding contemporary society and social issues. Major themes include the rise of modern society, dimensions of stratification, social solidarity and identity, and the social nature of the individual and the self.

Required Textbooks, Articles, and Resources

  1. Smith, Adam, R. L. Heilbroner, & Malone, Lawrence J. (Editor). The Essential Adam Smith.
    ISBN: 9780393955309.
  2. Marx , Karl, Engels, Friedrich, McLellan, David P., Tucker, Robert C. (Editor). The Marx-Engels Reader.
    ISBN: 9780393090406.
  3. Lewis, David Levering, & Du Bois, W. E. B.. W. E. B du Bois. A Reader.
    ISBN: 9780805032642.
  4. Durkheim, Emile, & Bellah, Robert N. (Editor). On Morality and Society: Selected Writings.
    ISBN: 9780226173368.


Assignment/ExamDetails% of Total Grade
extensive reading
several analytical writing assignments
1 media project
2 mid-term exams
1 final exam
participation in classroom discussions

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