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Social Theory

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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.

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