Sociology 250 - Introduction to Social Theory

Winter 2003

Instructor: Paul Gingrich

office: CL 217

telephone: 585-4196

fax: 585-4815



Classes: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 9:30 a.m. 10:20 a.m., CL345

Office Hours: Monday 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., Thursday 10:00 a.m 11:00 a.m.,

or by appointment.



Bert N. Adams and R. A. Sydie, Sociological Theory

Additional readings located at reserve desk of University Library or on web site.


Assignments and Grading:

January 31 First short paper due 12 points

February 12 Midterm examination 25 points

March 10 Second short paper due 12 points

April 23 Third short paper due 12 points

April 23 Final examination, 9:00 a.m. 12:00 noon 35 points

Discussion and participation 4 points

Total 100 points


Faculty of Arts Academic Announcements see attached page


Calendar Description:

An introductory discussion of the emergence of sociological theory, the work of the "founding figures," as well as major developments in 20th-century thought.

Sociology 250, Winter 2003. Class Schedule and Readings

Week of:

January 6 Introduction Ch. 1

January 13 Durkheim Ch. 4

January 20 Marx Ch. 5

January 27 Marx Ch. 5

February 3 Weber Ch. 7

February 10 Weber Ch. 7

February 17 Midterm break

February 24 Simmel Ch. 8

March 3 Microsociological approaches Ch. 13, 20

March 10 Other voices Ch. 11-12

March 17 Functionalism Ch. 14

March 24 Conflict approaches Ch. 16-18

March 31 Contemporary approaches Section IX

April 7 Canadian approaches handouts

April 23 Final examination, 9:00 a.m. 12:00 noon


Class Description:

This class provides a survey of theoretical approaches to the study of sociology. We first examine the ideas of Durkheim, Marx, and Weber, the founding figures of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century these are the subjects of the midterm examination. Following this, we examine early sociological approaches to social interaction, gender, and ethnicity. We then survey functionalist and conflict approaches. Near the end of the semester we discuss contemporary approaches to the study of sociology; the class concludes with a short discussion of postmodern social theory and Canadian contributions to the study of sociology.

In the papers, you are to examine and discuss specific topics; paper length is to be three to five double-spaced pages. I will award up to four points for class discussion and participation. The final examination is a comprehensive examination, with greater emphasis placed on issues examined in the last half of the semester.



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