Sociological Theories 2020

1. About this Course

This course is an introductory course to sociological theories. In the class of eIntroduction to Sociologyf(spring semester), students study the basic ideas of sociology focusing on empirical topics such as city, gender and religion. In this course of eSociological Theories,f 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.


2. Textbook

David Inglis and Christopher Thorpe, 2019, An Invitation to Social Theory, 2nd edition, Polity Press
ISBN-13:978-1-5095-0640-8 (paperback)
The digital version is also available on Amazon.

3. Schecule

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

01/21 Conclusion



4. Grading

Final essay 100%
If students take inapproapriate actions (plagiarism, or something like that), some marks will be reduced.


Final Essay
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.
Send the essay to office@sakurai.jp as an attached file.
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.

Important points are
1. How many concepts you use in your essay.
2. You understand the meaning of each concept correctly.

The deadline is to be annunced later.

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

1M202020 Sakura

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.