SOC 305 - Introduction to Sociological Theory
Section: 101
Term: SP 2008
Subject: Sociology (SOC)
Department: LSA Sociology
Credit Exclusions:
No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in SOC 405.
Waitlist Capacity:
Advisory Prerequisites:
One Sociology course.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Modern sociology was born in the 19th c. as a way to make sense of the major transformations that were taking place in Western Europe at the time, such as the advance of capitalism, new forms of colonialism, changing gender relations and so forth. Classical sociological theorists such as Karl Marx, Max Weber, and Emile Durkheim were interested in developing concepts and methods that would uncover the complexities of this new age. They studied how these new social forces impacted and shaped individual behavior, and the theories thus arrived at continue to provide answers to the social problems faced in contemporary societies. This course examines the theoretical contributions of the classical sociologists who contributed to the founding and development of modern sociology. Each one of these thinkers developed theories about the transition to ‘modern capitalism’ from earlier social systems and predicted how society would fare with the development of this new system. The second half delves into more contemporary sociology and examines how contemporary theorists have approaches several core concepts in sociology. These include sociology of race, class and gender inequality, culture, relationship between individual and society, and the global system we live in today.

SOC 305 - Introduction to Sociological Theory
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101 (SEM)
MWF 2:00PM - 4:00PM
Note: Does not fulfill ULWR in spring term
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