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.