Sociology 250 - Introduction to Social Theory

Fall 2002

Instructor: Paul Gingrich

office: CL 217

telephone: 585-4196

fax: 585-4815



Classes: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 9:30 a.m. 10:20 a.m., CL407

Office Hours: Monday 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m., Friday 10:30 a.m 11:30 a.m.,

or by appointment.



Bert N. Adams and R. A. Sydie, Sociological Theory. HM585 A33 2001

Additional materials located at the reserve desk of the University Library or on the above web site.


Assigments and Grading:

October 9 First short paper due 12 points

October 21 Midterm examination 25 points

November 18 Second short paper due 12 points

December 9 Third short paper due 12 points

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

Discussion and participation 4 points

Total 100 points


Special Needs: If there is any student in this course who, because of a disability, may have a need for accommodations, please discuss this with the instructor. You should also contact the Coordinator of Special Needs Services at 585-463l.


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, Fall 2002. Tentative Class Schedule and Readings

Week of:

September 3 Introduction Ch. 1-2

September 9 Durkheim Ch. 4

September 16 Marx Ch. 5

September 23 Marx Ch. 5-6

September 30 Weber Ch. 7

October 7 Weber Ch. 7

October 14 Simmel Ch. 8

October 21 Other voices Ch. 11-12

October 28 Society, self, mind Ch. 13

November 4 Functionalism Ch. 14

November 11 Conflict approaches Ch. 16-18

November 18 Contemporary approaches Ch. 20-23

November 25 Canadian approaches handouts

December 2 Review Ch. 19, 24

December 9 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 approaches of the founding figures of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century Durkheim, Marx, Weber, and Simmel these are the subjects of the midterm examination. Following this, we examine early sociological approaches to social interaction, women, and minorities. We then survey more recent functionalist, conflict, and social interactionist 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.

The three short papers are on specific topics and are to be three to five double-spaced pages in length. The four points for discussion and participation will be assessed by the instructor, based on participation. The final examination is a comprehensive examination, with greater emphasis placed on issues examined in the last half of the semester.


Paul Gingrich

Last revised August 28, 2002

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