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University of Regina
Department of Sociology and Social Studies

Sociology 319 Winter 2006

Contemporary Social Theory

Class meeting times:

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 11:30 a.m. - 12:20 p.m., ED542.

Final examination: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, Monday, April 24.


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

Nancy Fraser and Axel Honneth, Redistribution or Recognition? A Political-Philosophical Exchange.

Additional readings provided as handouts or as links from this web page.

Some background materials for Sociology 319 for the Winter 2006 semester are provided on this web site. These materials are intended primarily for students in Sociology 319 at the University of Regina during the Winter semester of 2006. Others are free to use these materials, but please give appropriate credit if you do so. I apologize for any errors or misinterpretations. Remember that these are notes for classes and are not finished products.

This web page page will be updated periodically as we proceed through the semester. Please provide feedback to the class instructor Paul Gingrich concerning how to improve the presentation of the materials.

Class Syllabus

Faculty of Arts Academic Announcements


Class Notes

Introduction January 11

Introductory issues January 13

Parsons: Schematic models January 16

Parsons: Introduction and action systems January 16

Parsons: Pattern variables and AGIL January 18

Parsons: Systems and family January 20

Conclusion to Parsons and Functionalism January 23

Critical Theory: Adorno and Horkheimer January 25

Critical Theory: Herbert Marcuse January 27

Conclusion to Critical Theory January 30

Communicative Action: Habermas February 1-3

Class Locations: Erik Olin Wright February 6

World-System Theory: Immanuel Wallerstein February 8

Symbolic Interactionism: Introduction and Blumer February 13

Quotes from Blumer and Goffman

Symbolic Interactionism: Goffman February 15

Symbolic Interactionism: Hochschild February 17

Structuration theory: Giddens March 6-8

Rational choice theory March 10-15

Feminist approaches to social theory March 17

Interactionist/Ethnomethodological approaches to gender March 20

Feminist Standpoint theory: Dorothy Smith March 22

Black Feminist Thought: Patricia Hill Collins March 24

Postmodern Social Theory March 27

Jean Baudrillard March 29

Introduction to Redistribution or Recognition? March 31

Nancy Fraser's approach to social justice April 3-5

Axel Honneth's approach to social justice April 10

Conclusion to Redistribution or Recognition? April 12


Assignments for Winter 2006

First short paper. Due February 13

Second short paper. Due March 20

Third short paper. Due April 24

Midterm examination -- short answer questions. March 1.

Midterm essay examination. March 3.

Final Examination. April 24


Readings. Links to web site of Dr. Larry R. Ridener, Pfeiffer University

Parsons. Action Systems and Social Systems

Parsons. Sex Roles in the American Kinship System

Giddens. Dilemmas of the Self

Collins. Black Feminist Thought


Examinations and assignments from previous semesters

Final Examination - Winter 2003

Midterm Examination: Essay - Winter 2003

Midterm Examination: Short Answer - Winter 2003

Third Paper - Winter 2003

Second Paper - Winter 2003

First Paper - Winter 2003

Midterm Winter 2000

Final Winter 2000


If you have any comments or questions please contact:

Paul Gingrich, Professor
Department of Sociology and Social Studies
University of Regina, CL217
(306) 585-4196

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