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SOC 450: Social Theory

Course Description

This course will focus on the most recognized and significant thinkers in the development of Sociology as a discipline during the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. This includes the classic works of Emile Durkheim, Karl Marx, Max Weber and Georg Simmel, along with more contemporary schools of thought such as Critical Theory, Interactionism, and Postmodernism. (3 credits)

Prerequisites

  • ENG 101: English Composition 1
  • ENG 102: English Composition 2
  • SOC 101: Sociology (Recommended)

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

Students who graduate with a concentration in Sociology will be able to:

  1. Use qualitative and quantitative research methodologies, including statistical reasoning, research design, and evaluation of data.
  2. Identify key concepts of classical and contemporary sociological theory.
  3. Evaluate societal institutions and social processes, e.g., stratification, racial and ethnic groups, gender, family, urban, work, health care, and education.
  4. Relate sociological research to social policy formation.
  5. Explain the relationship between personal experience and societal change within an historical/global context.
  6. Synthesize their learning of the concentration through a research paper, project, portfolio, or practicum.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  1. Outline the history and sociocultural context of sociological theory.
  2. Identify the main theorists and sociological schools that comprise the discipline of Sociology and explain their relevance.
  3. Explain and appropriately apply key classical and contemporary social theories to current social problems and issues.

General Education Outcomes (GEOs)

Please check the applicable GEOs for this course, if any, by outcomes at GEO Category Search, or by subject area at GEO Discipline Search.

Course Activities and Grading

AssignmentsWeight

Weekly Class Discussions

28%

Response Papers (4)

32%

Quizzes (3)

24%

Final Exam

16%

Total

100%

Required Textbooks

Available through Charter Oak's online bookstore

  • Ritzer, George. Sociological Theory. 10th ed. Boston: McGraw-Hill Publishing, 2018. ISBN-13: 9781506337715

Course Schedule

WeekPLOsSLOsReadings and ExercisesAssignments

1

5

1,2,3

Topic: History and Development of Sociology

  • Readings:
    • Ritzer, Chapter 1
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Complete Quiz

2

2,4

2,3

Topic: Karl Marx

  • Readings:
    • Ritzer, Chapter 2
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Complete Response Paper

3

2,3

2,3

Topic: Emile Durkheim

  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Complete Quiz

4

2,3,4

2,3

Topic: Max Weber

  • Readings:
    • Ritzer, Chapter 4
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Complete Response Paper

5

2

2,3

Topic: Georg Simmel

  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Complete Quiz

6

2,3

1,2,3

Topic: Structural Functionalism

  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Complete Response Paper

7

 

2,3,5

Topic: Symbolic Interactionism and Ethnomethodology

  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Complete Response Paper

8

1,5,6

1,2,3

Topic: Contemporary Feminist Theory

  • Readings:
    • Ritzer, Chapter 12
    • Ritzer, Chapter 15
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Complete Final Exam
  • Complete Course Evaluation

COSC Accessibility Statement

Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.

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