About This Course
This course provides an introductory, yet thorough, background in classical and contemporary social theory in a web-based format. We will draw upon in-depth readings of important theoretical works to gain a better understanding of how key theoretical developments in sociology can help us better understand the world we live in today.
In addition to reading original theory, the other building blocks of the course include weekly quizzes, discussions, reading journals, and exams. By the end of the semester, you should be able to read, interpret, evaluate, and apply key theoretical ideas to life in contemporary society. Put simply, the purpose of this course is to develop a basic but critical understanding of the Big Ideas in social theory and why we should care about them.
Sample course topics: Karl Marx, gender and race, Emile Durkheim, the concept of self, Michel Foucault
Sample textbook: Calhoun, Craig, Joseph Gerteis, James Moody, Steven Pfaff, and Indermohan Virk. 2012. Classical Sociological Theory, 3rd ed.