Reinforcement of major schools of thought in sociology from the Enlightenment through World War II. Emphasis on theoretical thinking in sociology and analysis of the underlying principles and major works of Comte, Marx, Spencer, Weber, Durkheim, Simmel, Mannheim, Martineau, Perkins Gilman, DuBois, Mead, Veblen, Adorno, Horkheimer, Parsons. Offered odd Fall. Prerequisite: Junior standing.
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):
Course Rotation for Day Program:
Offered odd Fall.
Most current editions of the following:
Explorations in Classical Sociological Theory
By Allan, Kenneth D. (Sage) Category/Comments - Core Text Recommended
Sociological Theory: Classical Statements
By Ashley, David and Orenstein, David M. (Allyn & Bacon/Longman) Category/Comments - Supplemental Text Recommended
Classical Sociological Theory
By Calhoun, Craig et. al. (Blackwell) Category/Comments - Supplemental Text Recommended
Social Theory: The Multicultural, Global, and Classic Readings
By Lemert, Charles ed. (Westview Press) Category/Comments - Supplemental Text Recommended
Classical Social Theory
By Tucker, Kenneth and Kenneth Tucker, Jr. (Blackwell) Category/Comments - Supplemental Texts Recommended
Course Learning Outcomes
Describe the major theoretical traditions in sociology and the emergence of each out of their particular socio-historical contexts.
Articulate the role of theory in sociology.
Identify the influence of Enlightenment thought on the development of classical sociological theory.
Identify and describe the theoretical perspectives of the classical social theorists.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
The historical development of sociology as an academic discipline.
The Enlightenment: philosophical foundations
George Herbert Mead
Charlotte Perkins Gilman
W.E.B. du Bois
The Frankfurt School and the development of critical theory
Recommended maximum class size for this course: 25
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by
the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this
course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section.
However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's
subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.