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SOCI 201A: Sociological Theory I (Fall 2009)

Time: Thursday 6:00pm - 8:45pm
Location: DMH 231
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The seminar provides a necessary foundation for graduate studies in sociology by analyzing and evaluating the writings of Marx, Weber, Durkheim, Freud, and other formative western European and U.S. thinkers and how these writings shape debates, dialogue, and advances in sociological research. This graduate seminar focuses on the sociology of several of its pre-1969 "founders," their conflicting political and intellectual endeavors, and their explanations about the complexity of modern life. It is one of required core graduate courses for M.A. students.

Requird Readings:

  1. Antonio, Robert (ed.). 2002. Marx and Modernity: Key Readings and Commentary. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishers.
  2. Emirbayer, Mustafa (ed.). 2003. Émile Durkheim: Sociologist of Modernity. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishers.
  3. Freud, Sigmund. 1989. Civilization and its Discontent. New York: W. W. Norton and Company.
  4. Kalberg, Stephen (ed.). 2005. Max Weber: Readings and Commentary on Modernity. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishers.
  5. Chua, Peter (ed.). 2009. Sociology 201A: Sociological Theory I Readings, Fall 2009. San Jose, CA: San Jose State University.