Sociology 319 Contemporary Social Theory

Winter 2003

Instructor: Paul Gingrich

Office: CL 217

Telephone: 585-4196

Fax: 585-4815

email: paul.gingrich@uregina.ca

url: http://uregina.ca/~gingrich

Classes: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 11:30 a.m. 12:20 p.m., AH345

Office Hours: Monday 1:002:00 p.m.; Thursday, 10:0011:00 a.m. or by appointment.

 

Text and Readings:

Bryan S. Turner, editor, The Blackwell Companion to Social Theory, second edition

Some assigned readings will be provided as class handouts.

Additional readings on reserve in the University Library or on web site.

 

Assignments and Grading

First paper 15% February 7

Midterm examination 20% February 26 and 28

Second paper 15% March 14

Third paper 15% April 21

Final examination 25% April 21 (9:00 a.m. 12 noon)

Discussion and participation 10%

Total 100%

 

 

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Calendar Description

An analysis of the development of sociological theory in the 20th century. The course will examine the various schools that emerged out of classical theory as well as recent critical responses to these developments. Prerequisite: SOC 250 or permission of department head.

 

Class Outline

All chapter numbers refer to The Blackwell Companion to Social Theory. There will also be extra readings assigned for some sections of the course. If not provided as class handouts, these will be available on reserve in the University Library or through links to web sites.

 

Class Dates Topic Reading

January 6 10 Introduction; Review of Classical Theory Introduction; Ch. 1

January 13 17 Theories of Action Ch. 3

January 20 24 Theories of Praxis Ch. 3

January 27 31 Symbolic Interactionism Ch. 7

February 3 7 Rational Choice Theory Ch. 8

February 10 14 Feminist Theory Ch. 11, 12

February 17 21 Midterm Break

February 24 28 Review and Midterm

March 3 7 Critical and Historical Sociology Ch. 14, 18

March 10 14 Systems and Structures Ch. 4, 6

March 17 21 Postmodernism; Sociology of Body Ch. 16, 17

March 24 28 Culture, Time, and Space Ch. 13, 15

March 31 April 4 Philosophy of Social Science Ch.2

April 7 9 Review

April 21 Final Examination, 9 a.m. noon

 

 

Last edited January 3, 2003

 

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