SOC 305 - Introduction to Sociological Theory
Section: 001
Term: FA 2017
Subject: Sociology (SOC)
Department: LSA Sociology
Advisory Prerequisites:
At least one course in introductory sociology.
Other Course Info:
It is highly recommended that sociology majors not elect both SOC 305 and SOC 310 in the same term.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course introduces students to key texts of sociological theory. The goal in reading these works is to familiarize students with the core intuitions that unite our discipline, as well as to sensitize students to the relevance of many of the ideas of sociological theorists for ongoing debates in the discipline and beyond. We frame our exploration of sociological theory by first reading several exemplars of the utilitarian tradition (e.g., Hobbes, Locke, Smith, and Malthus) vigorously rejected by early sociological thinkers. We then spend the bulk of the course reading classical writings by Marx, Durkheim, and Weber, before concluding the course with an examination of contemporary sociological theory as represented by Foucault and Bourdieu. Writing assignments include three short papers in which students are asked to apply the insights of social theory to specific social problems confronting society today.

Course Requirements:

A midterm and a final will be given.

Intended Audience:

The course is required for undergraduate majors in Sociology.

If you are not a declared sociology major but want to take this course for another reason, email for more information.

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SOC 305 - Introduction to Sociological Theory
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
002 (DIS)
13SOC Ugrd
F 10:00AM - 11:00AM
003 (DIS)
14SOC Ugrd
F 11:00AM - 12:00PM
004 (DIS)
13SOC Ugrd
F 12:00PM - 1:00PM
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