Topic outline

  • Syllabus

    • 9/5 - Intro to Social Theory

      Only SKIM the "Why is Classical Sociological Theory Classical" piece

      • 9/10 - Emile Durkheim

        The Division of Labor in Society (in Longhofer & Winchester)

        • 9/12 - Emile Durkheim

          Suicide (in Longhofer & Winchester)

          Elementary Forms of Religious Life (in Longhofer & Winchester)

          • 9/17 - Durkheim’s Ghosts: Parsons and Merton

            Talcott Parsons and Edward Shils. Categories of the Orientation and Organization of Action (in Longhofer & Winchester)

            • 9/19 - Durkheim’s Ghosts: Berger and Luckman and Garfinkle

              Peter Berger and Thomas Luckmann. Social Construction of Reality (in Longhofer & Winchester)

              Harold Garfinkle. Studies in Ethnomethodology (in Longhofer & Winchester)

              • 9/24 - Marx and Engels

                Peter Berger and Thomas Luckmann. Social Construction of Reality (in Longhofer & Winchester)

                Harold Garfinkle. Studies in Ethnomethodology (in Longhofer & Winchester)

                Manifesto of the Communist Party (in Longhofer & Winchester)

                • 9/26 - Marx

                  Capital (in Longhofer & Winchester)

                  Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844 (in Longhofer & Winchester)

                  • 10/1 - Marx’s Ghosts: Environmental Sociology

                    • Marx's Ghosts: Bourdieu

                      Pierre Bourdieu The Forms of Capital (in Longhofer & Winchester)

                      Pierre Bourdieu Distinction (in Longhofer & Winchester)

                      • 10/15 - Weber

                        The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism (in Longhofer & Winchester)

                        Basic Sociological Terms (in Longhofer & Winchester)

                        • 10/17 - Weber

                          The Types of Legitimate Domination (in Longhofer & Winchester)

                          Bureaucracy (in Longhofer & Winchester)

                          • 10/22 - No Class

                            Walter Hendricks Days

                            • 10/24 - Movie Application Essay Due

                              Movie Application Essays Due - we will go over these in class

                              • 10/31 - Weber’s Ghosts: Marcuse, Habermas

                                Herbert Marcuse One Dimensional Man (in Longhofer & Winchester)

                                Jurgen Habermas Toward a Rational Society (in Longhofer & Winchester

                                • 11/5 - Peer Review Day AND Goffman

                                  Erving Goffman The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life (in Longhofer & Winchester)

                                  Bring the first draft of your contemporary or classic analysis paper to class.

                                  • 11/7 - Weber’s Ghosts: Foucault

                                    Michel Foucault Discipline and Punish (in Longhofer & Winchester)

                                    • 11/12 - Identity and Peer Review

                                      COME WITH A DRAFT OF YOUR PAPER

                                      Zygmunt Bauman From Pilgrim to Tourist: or a Short History of Identity (in Longhofer & Winchester)

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                                        11/19 - Critical Race Theory

                                        W.E.B. DuBois The Souls of Black Folk (in Longhofer & Winchester)

                                        Frantz Fanon Black Skin, White Masks (in Longhofer & Winchester)

                                        Edward Said Orientalism (in Longhofer & Winchester)

                                        • 11/21 - Film - Race: the floating signifier

                                          Michael Omi and Howard Winant Racial Formation in the United States (in Longhofer & Winchester)

                                          • 11/26 - Feminist Theory and Intersectionality

                                            Simone de Beauvoir The Second Sex (in Longhofer & Winchester)

                                            Dorothy Smith The Conceptual Practices of Power (in Longhofer & Winchester)

                                            Patricia Hill Collins Black Feminist Thought (in Longhofer & Winchester)

                                            • 11/28 - No Class - Thanksgiving Break

                                              • 12/3 - Queer Theory

                                                • 12/3 - Theory and Power and Peer Review Day II

                                                  Bring the second draft of your contemporary or classic analysis paper to class.

                                                  • 12/10 - Class Wrap Up

                                                    In-class presentations of contemporary or classical analysis paper.

                                                    DUE: Contemporary/Classical Analysis Paper

                                                    DUE: Theory Journals

                                                    • Supplemental Readings