Survey of contemporary social theory, beginning in post-World War II era through the current era of post-structuralism, feminist sociology, critical race theory and queer theory. Prerequisite: Junior standing.
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):
Course Rotation for Day Program:
Offered even Spring.
Most current editions of the following:
Contemporary Sociological Theory
By Adams, Bert N. and R.A. Sydie (Pine Forge Press) Recommended
Contemporary Sociological Theory: Visualizing Social Worlds
By Allan, Kenneth (Pine Forge Press) Recommended
Sociological Theory in the Contemporary Era: Text and Readings
By Appelrouth, Scott and Laura Desfor Edles (Sage) Recommended
Contemporary Sociological Theory and Its Classical Roots: The Basics
By Ritzer, George (McGraw Hill) Recommended
Contested Knowledge: Social Theory in the Postmodern Era
By Seidman, Steven (Blackwell) Recommended
The New School Theory Reader
By Seidman, Steven and Jeffrey Alexander (Routledge) Recommended
Course Learning Outcomes
Describe and explain the major contemporary theoretical traditions in sociology and the emergence of each of their particular socio-historical contexts.
Identify and describe the theoretical perspectives of major contemporary social theorists
Describe and explain the major developments in contemporary sociological theory: critical theory, post-structuralism, feminist sociology, and queer theory.
Describe and explain the theoretical application and the current relevance of sociological theory.
Describe and explain the move from objective, universalistic theories to an embrace of subjectivity and localized explanations for human behavior.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
Post and Neo-Marxism
Critical Race Theory
Foucault and Queer Theory
Recommended maximum class size for this course: 15
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.