In this unit of study we will examine the main strands of sociological thought and identify the key concepts, debates and issues in the development of sociological theory. It will focus on the writings of leading social theorists and sociologists, their contribution to the development of a distinctly sociological theory, and their continuing impact on current theoretical debates in sociology. Topics covered will include: the origins of sociology; industrialism; classical theorists; sociology of urban society; interactionism and everyday life; psychoanalysis; sociology of knowledge and culture; feminist challenges to sociological paradigms; postmodernity and the future of society. This unit is mandatory for Sociology majors.
1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week
1x2000wd Essay (40%), 1x1500wd Critical analysis quiz (25%), 4x250wd Short reading presentations (25%), Tutorial participation (10%)
(12 Junior credit points in Sociology) or (12 Junior credit points in Gender and Cultural Studies) or (12 Junior credit points in Socio-Legal Studies)Prohibitions