RCSSCI 301 - Social Science Theory I: From Social Contract to Oedipus Complex
Section: 001
Term: FA 2009
Subject: RC Social Sciences (RCSSCI)
Department: LSA Residential College
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Advisory Prerequisites:
At least one 200-level social science course.
Other Course Info:
May not be repeated for credit.
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This course will explore the origins and early development of social science thinking, with a focus on political economy, sociology, and psychology. The first half of the semester will focus on the work of central figures, Marx, Durkheim, Weber and Freud, looking at both the historical contexts in which they wrote and key texts of theirs that had a lasting impact. Class discussion will revolve around abiding tensions at the heart of social science thinking: nature and culture, self and society, science and faith, thought and action. In the second half of the semester, we will cross the Atlantic and consider the emergence of social science thinking in American universities and U.S. social policy, examining the work and legacies of such figures as William James, Franz Boas, John Dewey, W.E.B. Dubois, Jane Addams, and the Chicago School. The trans-Atlantic shift will enable us to explore two comparisons in the social construction of knowledge: between different national contexts and between community-based, reform-oriented organizations (like Hull House) in American cities and emerging disciplinary approaches in American universities. The overall aim of the course is to provide students with an introduction to the theoretical foundations of social science thinking and the emergence of disciplinary approaches to social science questions.
This course is required of all students pursuing the RC Social Science concentration; it is open to interested students in the RC and the LSA.

RCSSCI 301 - Social Science Theory I: From Social Contract to Oedipus Complex
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001 (SEM)
7RC Ugrd
TuTh 4:00PM - 6:00PM
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