Sociology and Anthropology
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

SOCI 311: Classical Sociological Theory

SOCI 311-001: Classical Soci Theory
(Spring 2017)

Music Theater Building (formerly Fine Arts Building) 1007

Section Information for Spring 2017

Why is it that as workers become productive, they become more impoverished?   Why does growing individualism foster social solidarity?  Why is conflict a positive form of social life?  Should politicians embrace an ethic of responsibility or an ethic of ultimate ends?  Why are the memories that shape our lives the ones most difficult to recall?

These are just some of the questions we will explore in this course, drawing on the classic writings of the founding European sociologists that retain their guiding influence to this day.  Writing at a time of social turmoil comparable to our own, these thinkers explored the transformation of society and the changing relations of self to society, establishing the central themes of the discipline.  This course, required of sociology majors, will improve your skills of reading, writing, and inquiry, by emphasizing the importance of research problems and the fit between ideas and methods.

Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Explores sociological tradition through readings and discussions of ideas drawn from writings of selected sociological thinkers such as Comte, Marx, Weber, Durkheim, and others. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: 6 credits of upper level (300 or 400 level) sociology courses, or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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