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Spring 2018-2019
SOC 502   P/D/F Only

Contemporary Sociological Theory

Patricia Fernández-Kelly

The aim of this course is to familiarize students with work in contemporary sociological theory that has had a major impact on empirical research in the U.S., or holds untapped potential for such impact. We focus especially on bodies of theory relevant to large tracts of the discipline. Rather than attempt a survey, we read in depth select theoretical texts that together illustrate the heterogeneity and richness of the field.

Sample reading list:
Pierre Bourdieu, Pascalian Meditations
Rogers Brubaker, Grounds for Difference and Trans
Frantz Fanon, Black Skin, White Masks
Erving Goffman, Selections
Charles Tilly, Durable Inequality
Cecilia Ridgeway, Framed by Gender
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Students must submit two page memos each week reacting to the course material. These must be posted to Blackboard no later than 5 pm the day before the seminar. Students must write a 15-20 page paper that considers how one or more of the perspectives covered in class might be used in a new way to help understand an empirical phenomenon in their area of specialization.

Other (See Instructor) - 100%

Other Requirements:
SOC Graduate Students Only.

Other information:
Non-Sociology graduate students wishing to receive a grade for this course must submit a completed Graduate Student Enrollment Change Form located at the following URL:

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
40025 S01 09:00:00 am - 12:00:00 pm T   Wallace Hall   190   Enrolled:5 Limit:25