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Spring 2018-2019
* SOC 302 / CHV 302 (SA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Sociological Theory

Ekedi A. Mpondo-Dika

This course takes a close look at foundational texts and critical concepts in the discipline of sociology, from the 19th-century 'classics' to contemporary theorists who have inspired important research agendas. Our two main goals will be a) to engage critically with authors and ideas, and b) to help you develop your own 'sociological eye' and theoretical skills. Key authors will include Marx, Durkheim, Weber, Simmel, DuBois, and Bourdieu. We will give special attention to processes of domination, economic exchange, racialization, and emotion. Whenever possible, we will apply theories and concepts to contemporary events and issues.

Sample reading list:
Karl Marx, Capital, translated from the 3rd German ed., Kerr and Co.
Max Weber, Economy and Society, Guenther Roth and Claus Wittch, eds.i
Emile Durkheim, Suicide: A Study in Sociology, The Free Press, 1997 [1897].
Georg Simmel, The Sociology of Georg Simmel, edited by Kurt H. Wolff, 1950
Pierre Bourdieu, Sociology in Question, Sage Publications, 1993 [1984
Eva Illouz, Cold Intimacies, Polity Press, 2007.

Reading/Writing assignments:
About 100 pages of reading per week.Writing assignments: one in-class midterm, one short paper in lieu of a second midterm, and one longer paper in lieu of a final exam. In the first paper, you will be asked to trace a theme and its different conceptualizations through the works of 2-3 authors. In the second paper, you will be asked to apply some of the theories covered in class to a research question and/or an empirical problem of your choosing.

Mid Term Exam - 25%
Paper in lieu of Final - 30%
Term Paper(s) - 25%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Other Requirements:
Course is required for concentrators
Not Open to First Year Undergraduates.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
It is a good idea to take SOC 101 before enrolling in this class. It is necessary to have completed the Freshman Writing Seminar before applying to this class..

Other information:
In principle, this course is not open to first year undergraduates, because the level of reading and writing will exceed what would typically be expected of first-year students. Exceptions may be made for motivated first year undergraduates who have had prior training in sociology or social studies, or who can demonstrate their ability to write well-structured essays that engage several texts or authors. Please apply by email and attach a sample 2-3-page essay.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
40141 L01 11:00:00 am - 11:50:00 am T Th        Enrolled:28 Limit:35
42254 P99 TBA        Enrolled:28 Limit:35