SOCL 5115 Key Issues in Sociological Theory 2013 Fall (Geva)
(Key Issues in Sociological Theory 2013 Fall)


This course introduces some of the classical theoretical traditions that continue to shape contemporary sociological and anthropological research. We will read and discuss selections from Karl Marx, Max Weber, Émile Durkheim, and Simone de Beauvoir.In class, we will focus on the analytical assumptions and implications of each theoretical approach, especially in terms of their respective understandings of the modern condition. We will also explore both how to grasp the internal logic of each theory and how that theory applies to real social processes. Topics will include capitalism, the division of labor, social solidarity and conflict, the shape of modern power, the sociology of knowledge, and embodidness and the origins of gender differences.