Time: MW 12:00-1:15
Location: DMH 231
This course will begin with the influence of 18th century Enlightenment thinkers on classical social theorists and the importance of reason, science, capitalism, modernity, and 18th century revolutions on 19th and 20th century’s social thoughts. We will explore the basic assumptions of major sociological paradigms; structuralism, functionalism, interpretive, and humanism, about science, society, and human nature. We will study the classical theorists, by focusing on Karl Marx, Max Weber, Emile Durkheim, Georg Simmel, George Herbert Mead, and W. E. Du Bois. We will continue our learning journey into contemporary social theories of, including but not limited to, symbolic interactionism, Neo-Marxism, post-modernism, feminism, and more recent theoretical challenges of globalization.
- Anthony Giddens, Social Theory & Modern Sociology.
- Capitalism & Modern Social Theory.
- Steven Seidman, The postmodern Turn.
- Steven Seidman, Difference Troubles Queering Theory & Sexual Politics.
- David Frisby, Sociological Impressionism: A Reassessment of Georg Simmel's Social Theory.
- Jurgen Habermas
- David Held, Introduction to Critical Theory.
- Carole Pateman & Elizabeth Gross, Feminist Challenges: Social & Political Theory.
- Josephine Donovan, Feminist Theory: The Intellectual Traditions.
- David Mclellan, Karl Marx: Selected Writings.
- H. H. Gerth & C. Wright Mills, From Max Weber: Essays in Sociology.
- Max Weber, Economy & Society.
- Emile Durkheim
- Georg Simmel
- George Herbert Mead, The Self, The I, & The Me.
- Marry Jo Deegan (ed.), George Herbert Mead: Essays in Social Psychology.
- W. E. B. Du Bois, The Souls of Black Folks.
- Du Bois Central