Sociological Theories 2020
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1. About this Course
This course is an introductory course to sociological theories. In the class of üeIntroduction to Sociologyüf(spring semester), students study the basic ideas of sociology focusing on empirical topics such as city, gender and religion. In this course of üeSociological Theories,üf we focus on theories rather than empirical topics. Detailed information will be provided on www.sakurai.jp. Please check the website before registration. Detailed information will be provided on www.sakurai.jp. We will use the textbook from the first class. Please bring your textbook.
David Inglis and Christopher Thorpe, 2019, An Invitation to Social Theory, 2nd edition, Polity Press
The digital version is also available on Amazon.
10/01 An Introduction to Sociology
10/08 1. Classical Paradigms
10/15 2. Functionalist and System Theory Paradigms
10/22 3. Marxist and Critical Theoretical Paradigms
10/29 4. Phenomenological Paradigms
11/05 5. The Symbolic Interactionist Paradigms
11/12 6. Rational Choice and Exchange Theory Paradigms
11/19 7. The Process Sociological Paradigms
11/26 8. Structuralist and Post-structuralist Paradigms
12/03 9. Post-Modernist Paradigms
12/10 10. Structurationist Paradigms
12/17 11. Feminist Paradigms
01/07 12. The Actor-Network Theory Paradigm
01/14 13. Globalization Paradigm
Final essay 100%
If students take inapproapriate actions (plagiarism, or something like that), some marks will be reduced.
Choose any topic or topics from the contents we studied in the class and write an essay on the topic(s) in about 1,000 words.
The purpose of this essay is to know whether you properly understand concepts and theories introduced in the textbook. In order to achieve this goal, please refer to as many concepts and theories introduced in the textbook in your essay.
Notices about the final essay
1. When you send me a file of the final essay, please write the title of the file of the essay as follows. If your name is Hanako Sakura, and your ID is 1M202020-5, then the title of the file will be
Please remove the last '-5'.
2. Please write the concept explained in the textbook in boldface. For example,
Power is an important concept in understanding gender relations.