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SOC 303 Sociological Theory (1)

This course introduces the undergraduate to the important theoretical paradigms that have historically oriented the sociology discipline. Classical sociological theory emerged in the works of Durkheim, Marx, Weber, and Mead, among others. Out of the ideas of these thinkers evolved the major schools of modern sociology, in particular Structural-Functionalism, Conflict Theory, and Symbolic Interactionism. In recent decades, new critical paradigms have emerged to challenge the modern schools, including postmodern and cultural critiques, as well as feminist, race, and queer theories.

Prerequisite: Any 100-level Sociology course or SOC 201

  • Offering: Every semester
  • Instructor: Staff