172: Rhetoric of Social Theory
Instructor(s) Felipe Gutterriez
This course will will focus on the basic topics and forms of social theory from its early representatives (such as Durkheim, Weber, and Marx) to its contemporary exponents (such as Bourdieu, Garfinkel and Goffman. Among the issues considered in this class will be the discursive differences and relationships between theories of society viewed from standpoint of the social actor and theories of society viewed from the standpoint of the “objective” observer.
ATTENDANCE IS REQUIRED. The attendance policy will apply regardless of job interviews, family reunions, etc. Students who are enrolled but absent the first day of class will be dropped in favor of students who are present and wish to enroll. A mid-term and a final (either or both of which may be take-home) will be required.
Calhoun, Craig J. Classical Sociological Theory
. Malden, MA: Blackwell Pub, 2007.
Calhoun, Craig J. Contemporary Sociological Theory
. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2007.
(Additional Readings available either online or in course reader.)