SOCI 450

Sociological Theory

Prerequisites: SOCI 100 and one additional SOCI course. Sociological theory was a response to the traumatic birth of modern society. industrialization, capitalism, and individualism all raised difficult questions. What is the nature of modern society? What are its problems and challenges? How will it change? We shall approach these questions via a critical reading of Marx, Durkheim, Weber, and others, followed by selections representative of the major movements of thought in contemporary sociological theory. III.W, V.1