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Administrative Unit: Psychology and Sociology
Course Prefix and Number: SOCI 460
Course Title: Classical Social Theory
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

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):

Junior standing

 
Course Rotation for Day Program: Offered odd Fall.
 
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Most current editions of the following:



Primer in Theory Construction
By Reynolds, Paul D. (Allyn & Bacon/Longman)
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Recommended
Explorations in Classical Sociological Theory
By Allan, Kenneth D. (Sage)
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Recommended
The Blackwell Companion to Major Classical Social Theorists
By Ritzer, George (Blackwell)
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Recommended
The Discovery of Society
By Collins, Randall and Michael Makowsky (McGraw Hill)
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Recommended
The Emergence of Sociological Theory
By Turner, Jonathon H., Leonard Beeghley, and Charles H. Powers (Thomson)
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Recommended
Sociological Theory: Classical Statements
By Ashley, David and Orenstein, David M. (Allyn & Bacon/Longman)
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Recommended
Ideology and the Development of Sociological Theory
By Zeitling, Irving M. (Prentice Hall)
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Illuminating Social Life: Classic and Contemporary Theory Revisited
By Kivisto, Peter, ed. (Pine Forge Press)
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The Great Transformation: The Political and Economic Origins of Our Time
By Polanyi, Karl (Beacon Press)
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Weber: A Reader
By Whimster, Sam (Routledge)
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Marx and Marxism: A Reader
By Worsley, Peter (Routledge)
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Marx in Soho
By Zinn, Howard (South End Press)
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Sociological Theory in the Classical Era
By Edles, Laura Desfore and Appelrouth, Scott (Sage)
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The Social Lens, An Invitation to Social and Sociological Theory
By Allan, Kenneth (Sage)
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Investigating Sociological Theory
By Turner, Charles (Sage)
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Recommended
Classical Sociological Theory
By Calhoun, Craig et. al. (Blackwell)
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Recommended
Social Theory: The Multicultural, Global, and Classic Readings
By Lemert, Charles ed. (Westview Press)
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Classical Social Theory
By Tucker, Kenneth and Kenneth Tucker, Jr. (Blackwell)
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Recommended
 
Course Objectives
  • To understand the underlying principles of various sociological theories from classical social thinkers to 1945.
  • To investigate the influence of Enlightenment thought on the development of social theory.
  • To understand the development of major schools of thought in classical social theory (conflict theory, functionalism, interactionism).
  • To define the contributions of major classical thinkers.
  • To understand the development of North American sociology.
 
Measurable 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.
  • Explain the development of American sociology and identify the significant theorists working within this tradition.
  • Demonstrate theoretical application and an understanding of the current relevance of sociological theory.
 
Topical Outline:
  • The historical development of sociology as an academic discipline.
    • The Enlightenment: philosophical foundations
    • Montesquieu, Rousseau, Wollstonecraft
    • Post-revolutionary thought
    • Saint-Simon, Comte, de Toqueville, Martineau
  • The structural-functionalist tradition
    • Comte, Spencer, Durkheim, Parsons
  • Marx and Marxism
  • Max Weber
  • Conflict theories
    • Simmel, Mannheim, Lukacs, Veblen
  • Frankfurt School and the development of critical theory
  • The Chicago School
    • Cooley, Thomas, Mead
 

Recommended maximum class size for this course: 25

 
Library Resources:

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Prepared by: Yngve Digernes Date: August 25, 2014
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 objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. 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.

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