Sociological Theory II
General Catalog Course Title:
Sociological Theory II
Terms Offered:
Spring 2016
Spring 2015
Spring 2014
Fall 2013
Spring 2013
Fall 2012
Spring 2012
Summer 2012
Fall 2011
Spring 2011
Summer 2011
Fall 2010
Spring 2010

Marx, Durkheim, Weber and Michels offered contrasting theories of social change. Yet each thinker understood modern society as dynamic, and transitional. In contrast to this classical tradition focusing on change, most contemporary social theories explain the reproduction of modern society: i.e. the reasons for its remarkable stability. In accounting for social stability contemporary theorists have creatively use the classical tradition. In this course, students will review four main traditions of contemporary social theory: Western Marxism, Neo-Durkheimian Theory, Critical Theory, and Postmodernism/Post Structuralism. This course will explore several traditions of contemporary social theory. The focus is on close reading and analysis of key texts. It is intended as a continuation of Sociology 101.

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