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Soc 300 - Sources of Sociological Theory

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SOURCES OF SOCIAL THEORY Sociology 300 Spring 2007 Tues Thur 11 12 15 Building room S Sci 411 Professor Jeff Sallaz Office S Sci 406 jsallaz email arizona edu Office Hrs Thur 3 30 5 30 Course Overview In this course we will read and discuss multiple theorists whose writings have served as foundational texts for sociology as it is practiced today The first half of the course will be dedicated to the three founding figures of contemporary sociology Karl Marx Emile Durkheim and Max Weber Each lived and worked during the end of the 19th century a period of major social change often referred to as the emergence of modernity As traditional patterns of life eroded around them they wrote about the emergence of new forms of social organization such as capitalism rationalized bureaucracies and the division of labor Each theorist also had a distinctive if not always optimistic vision of the future The breadth and depth of their theories keep them vibrant and important today The second half of the course will focus on three theorists who lived and wrote during the twentieth century Each has carried on the legacy of Mark Durkheim and Weber but each has also strove to bring these theories into the twentieth century Simone de Beauvoir extends Marx s theory of class exploitation to the situation of women in society Erving Goffman brings Durkheim s theory of solidarity to America Pierre Bourdieu elaborates Weber s theory of individuals and structure Readings There are three required books for this course all available at the University book store Tucker Robert C ed 1978 The Marx Engels Reader NY W W Norton and Co Durkheim Emile 1997 1933 The Division of Labor in Society NY Free Press Weber Max 2001 1930 The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism NY Routledge All other readings will be posted on the online POLIS site password theory 2 Requirements and Grading My philosophy is that social theory is not some dry relic which we pull out polish and gaze upon Au contraire it is a



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