SOC 505 - Theories and Practices of Sociology
Section: 001
Term: FA 2017
Subject: Sociology (SOC)
Department: LSA Sociology
With permission of department.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Graduate standing.
May not be repeated for credit.
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SOC 505 is the first term of a year-long course surveying the theories and practices of sociology. 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 twentieth-century sociological theory as represented by Polanyi, Arendt, Habermas, Foucault, and Bourdieu. The course remains deliberately open-ended; we seek to convey a sense of what “doing theory” is about, rather than envisioning a final resolution to the issues raised by the various thinkers we read.

Course Requirements:

Students will be required to produce several short papers over the course of the semester.

Intended Audience:

This course is required of graduate students in Sociology.

Class Format:

The course follows a lecture format, although there will also be opportunity for seminar-style class discussions.

SOC 505 - Theories and Practices of Sociology
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001 (SEM)
13SOC Grad
MW 9:00AM - 11:00AM
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