Sociology 250 - Introduction to Social Theory
Instructor: Paul Gingrich
office: CL 217
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.
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
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
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.
Last revised August 28, 2002
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