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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 living organism which we can and should put it to use in our daily lives This active approach to theory involves you absorbing theory through close reading and attendance at lecture applying theory to the contemporary world through regular writing assignments and achieving fluency in theory through verbal discussion Course requirements and grades are designed accordingly 40 Four papers 10 points each These assignments will be handed out on Thursdays and due the following Tuesday 20 Midterm Exam This will take place during class time 20 Oral Final Exam These will take place during finals week 20 Attendance participation This portion of your grade will be calculated through various means attendance taken during random classes participation in group activities pop quizzes etc Please note too that you will be evaluated on good citizenship This includes but is not limited to listening not talking when someone is speaking refraining from answering cell phones using courteous and respectful language when speaking 100 TOTAL Academic Integrity Absences and Disability Issues See attached sheet 3 Updated Schedule 1 11 Introduction What social theory is and how we should read it 1 16 Adam Smith What is the division of labor Where are its consequences for individuals and society The Wealth of Nations bk 1 ch 1 see handout 1 18 Adam Smith How does the division of labor come about Wealth of Nations bk 1 ch 2 MARX 1 23 Karl Marx Why materialism trumps idealism What drives history What is a mode of production The German Ideology pp 146 57 PAPER ONE DUE 1 25 Karl Marx What is the capitalist mode of production What is exploitation Where does profit come from Wage Labor and Capital pp 203 217 1 30 Karl Marx Why does capitalism generate repeated crises Socialism Utopian and Scientific pp 700 17 2 1 Karl Marx What would communism look like Is there a division of labor in communism What are the realms of freedom and necessity The German Ideology p 160 5 Capital pp 441 2 6 Karl Marx How does class struggle develop What holds it back Communist Manifesto pp 469 83 PAPER TWO DUE DURKHEIM 2 8 Emile Durkheim What are the functions of the division of labor How does it produce solidarity The Division of Labor in Society Book I Introduction and Ch 1 pp 1 29 2 13 Emile Durkheim What is mechanical solidarity What role do crime and punishment play in maintaining it The Division of Labor in Society Book 1 Ch 2 pp 31 67 2 15 Emile Durkheim What is organic solidarity What role does restitutive law play in it The Division of Labor in Society Book 1 Ch 3 pp 68 72 and Ch 7 pp 149 75 2 20 Emile Durkheim What are the causes of the division of labor The Division of Labor in Society Book 2 Ch 2 pp 200 23 2 22 Emile Durkheim What are the abnormal forms of the division of labor and how can they be fixed The Division of Labor in Society Book III Ch 1 2 3 pp 291 328 WEBER 2 27 Max Weber What are the forms of legitimate authority Of rationalities Economy and Society selections 3 1 Max Weber What is the historical trajectory of rationalization Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism Author s Introduction pp xxviii 1 4 3 6 Max Weber What is the spirit of Modern Western Bourgeois Capitalism Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism Ch 2 13 38 3 8 MIDTERM 3 13 3 15 NO CLASS SPRING BREAK 3 20 Max Weber What is the Protestant Ethic Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism pp 39 80 3 22 Max Weber How did the Protestant Ethic link up to the spirit of capitalism Why is the future an iron cage Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism pp 102 25 3 27 FILM FROM MARX TO FEMINISM 3 29 Marxist Feminism What is the relationship between capitalism and patriarchy The Origins of the Family Private Property and the State 738 40 in Tucker 4 3 Simone de Beauvoir The Second Sex Introduction xix xxxvi PAPER THREE DUE 4 5 Simone de Beauvoir What are the conditions and possibilities for equality between the sexes The Second Sex Conclusion pp 716 32 FROM DURKHEIM TO GOFFMAN 4 10 Erving Goffman Microsociology and the dramaturgical model of social life The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life pp 1 16 4 12 Erving Goffman How do ceremonies and rituals establish solidarity The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life pp 17 76 4 17 Erving Goffman How are in groups and out groups maintained How do outsiders manage their stigmas Stigma pp 1 40 FROM WEBER TO PIERRE BOURDIEU 4 19 Pierre Bourdieu What is p the dangerous binary of objectivism subjectivism What is the full truth of the


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