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Contemporary Sociological Theory

An overview of some of the major contemporary sociological theories. We will start with Erich Fromm’s synthesis of Weber, Marx, Durkheim and Freud. We will move to the institutional context of contemporary sociology (Collins), and conflict theory, micro sociology, rational and exchange theories and important representatives of gender and race theories. We will put particular emphasis on attempts to link micro with macro theories and the relationship between contemporary sociological theory and public sociology, ending by discussing Collins, Bourdieu and Vaughan

SOCIOL 3P03

Contemporary Sociological Theory

Unit(s): 3.0 Level(s): III Term(s): Winter Offered?: Yes

An overview of some of the major contemporary sociological theories. We will start with Erich Fromm’s synthesis of Weber, Marx, Durkheim and Freud. We will move to the institutional context of contemporary sociology (Collins), and conflict theory, micro sociology, rational and exchange theories and important representatives of gender and race theories. We will put particular emphasis on attempts to link micro with macro theories and the relationship between contemporary sociological theory and public sociology, ending by discussing Collins, Bourdieu and Vaughan


Neil McLaughlin

Professor

Prerequisite(s): SOCIOL 2S06 and registration in Level III Honours Sociology with a C.A. of at least 5.5 or registration in Level IV of an Honours Sociology program Antirequisite(s): SOCIOL 3A06