|Topics & Outlines||Readings - epub, pdf, & html||Suggested Readings|
|Aug. 27 - Sept. 12, 2018||INTELLECTUAL AND
SOCIAL CONDITIONS LEADING TO THE RISE OF SOCIOLOGY|
This early section of the course provides some historical context to the rise of sociology. This will be a brief overview.
Intellectual, Economic, and Political Revolutions and their impact on Sociologic Thought
|Paradigms in Sociology||Paradigms|
| David Hume, John Locke, and Thomas Hobbes: Represent Social
Of the First and Second Natural Laws, and of Contracts.|
Locke, Of Property
Smith, Book 1, Chapter 1 of the Wealth of Nations
Smith, Book 1, Chapter 2 of the Wealth of Nations
Sample Review Questions
|EARLY SOCIOLOGICAL THEORY|
|Sept. 19 - Oct. 3, 2018|
Sample Review Questions
|October 10 - 22, 2018|
Functionalism This is an over view of functionalism, including a small section on Davis and Moore.
Talcott Parsons established the agenda and set the parameters for sociological theorizing in the United States for a great part of the 20th century. His work is what we call grand theory. Perhaps his most important contribution was the legacy of graduate students he spawned. We will only cover Parsons if time permits. I will let you know as we get to this section.
Robert Merton. Although there have been many functionalist theorists, Merton is perhaps one of the brightest. Merton has made many contributions by backing away from grand theory and advocating what is referred to as middle range theory. We will talk about Merton's Anomie theory and, if time, social role theory.
|October 29 - Nov. 19, 2018|
Weber: The tradition of conflict theory has grown tremendously since
the late 1960s in the U.S. There are a variety of approaches within the
conflict tradition drawing from both Karl Marx and Max Weber.
If time permits, we will discuss C.W. Mills, the person who brought conflict theory into the mainstream of sociology; Lewis Coser , one of a few people who has ever cared to try and blend functionalism with conflict theory (He produces an interesting look at the functions of conflict for society.) and; Ralf Dahrendorf, probably the real founder of contemporary conflict theory. He so modified Marxism in the 1950s that today Marxist sociology and conflict sociology are often considered the same.
H. Mead is often consider one of the founding fathers of Symbolic Interactionism
a product of American Pragmatism and German Idealism.
Jane Addams: Considered part of the Chicago School of Interactionism, was more applied and founded Hull House in Chicago.
Herbert Blumer is given most of the credit for founding the approach and providing it with it's name.
Kuhn and the Iowa School of Interactionism: Just who am I
Theory:, In this approach, all the world is a stage - so get your act
Review questions for Weber, Mead, and Goffman
|November 26 - December 5, 2018|
Karl Marx and
Young Karl Marx
Theodore Adorno and Critical Theory has surfaced as one of the major additions to Marxian sociology. Another addition, among many, to Marxian Theory is World Systems Theory.
| Is the resemblance just a
Questions for Marx and Wallerstein |
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