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Development of Sociology aka Sociological Theory Sociology 310 Winter 2015 Professor Matthew Norton Office 630 PLC Office Hours Monday 111 Email mnorton uoregonedu Graduate Teaching Fellow Larissa Petrucci Office hours by appointment additional office hours to be announced as needed Course Description Sociological theories are explanations of observed phenomena No wait sociological theories are abstract rules that describe how society works to be tested by empirical observations No wait sociological theories are systems of concepts and ideas that can be used to describe otherwise inscrutable phenomena No wait sociological theories are the classic works that you cover in the required 310 Development of Sociology class basically Marx Weber and Durkheim No wait social theory is the normative dimension of sociology the part where we criticize what is and develop visions of what ought to be No wait Wait We ll get to that Theory means lots of different things and one of our main objectives in this class will be to piece together an understanding of the many different things that theory is and of the many different roles that it plays in sociological research Whatever theory means it has been crucial in the development of sociology as a social science whatever that means as distinct from earlier forms of social thought Theory is central to how sociologists and social scientists more broadly think about and do research on social relations institutions structures processes and so on so it s worth having a good grasp of what theory means and how theory works The class starts with an examination of some exemplary social thinkers of the enlightenment and then traces this tradition to the early phases of sociology s development in the works of the Big Three classical theorists Marx Weber and Durkheim We will then consider a series of persistent themes in sociological theory and will read both classical and contemporary works that develop these themes By the end of the class you should have a good sense of the range of things that theory means the role that it has played in the development of sociology and the role that it continues to play in the study of social life Required Text and Readings The required text for the class is Appelrouth Scott A and Laura Desfor Edles 2012 Classical and Contemporary Sociological Theory Text and Readings 2nd Edition Los Angeles Sage CCST The rst edition is not suitable The readings below are the basic minimum list In addition to these I will occasionally add a reading usually something like a newspaper article or something similar that we will discuss in relation to the reading I ll put any additional readings that I assign on Blackboard Inclusivity in class and at the University I am committed to making this class inclusive If the design of the class and its assessments or any other aspect of the instructional environment may prevent you from succeeding please let me know so that we can gure out a fair accommodation There are resources on campus to provide support for people experiencing situations that may inhibit their full participation in class and in the wider university community Amongst these resources are 0 The Accessible Education Center httpaecuoregonedu for those with disabilities 0 the University of Oregon Counseling Center for those with mental health concerns or emergencies httpcounselinguoregonedu or via 24 hour phone service at 5413463227 0 And oncampus resources for those who have experienced sexual violence of any kind httpsafeuoregonedu or via con dential phone service at 541 346SAFE 7233 While not trained to provide support in any of these areas if I can facilitate your efforts to access needed services please let me know Academic Integrity All University of Oregon policies relating to academic integrity will be in effect in this class If you are not familiar with them please review them here httpuodosuoregoneduStudentConductandCommunityStandardsAcademicMis conducttabid248Defaultaspx I begin from a position of trust that you have enough respect for me the school each other and yourselves not to copy steal or cheat I am however an attentive reader and if something seems shy I will investigate Furthermore I will follow policy precisely for all infractions whatever their gravity so no under the table bad grade go along to get along handling The consequences of cheating and getting caught are serious and seriously outweigh any bene ts If you are not absolutely clear on what counts as plagiarism either in its direct copy paste or its obfuscated form take an idea from elsewhere without citation and rewrite it a bit please ask Assessable Outcomes 1 Participation Students will participate in discussions and exercises focused on different approaches to sociological theory 2 Comprehension Students will be able to explain basic concepts and ideas from the theories that we cover and will be able to recognize cases where those concepts and ideas can be appropriately applied 3 Analysis Students will be able to analyze theories to develop arguments about them their assumptions their major elements and their focus and will also be able to use the theories that we cover to analyze data and cases These analyses should be methodical evidencebased arguments that interpret or explain specific cases or theories 4 Expression Students will be able to express these analyses both orally and in writing in a clearly structured and systematically argued manner Assessment 5 Participation Assessment of participation is based on the papers you hand in from small group work individual contributions to large group discussions answering questions posed during lecture posing questions and so on 20 Quizzes There will be 6 quizzes during the term and I will drop the lowest two The remaining four are each worth 5 of your nal grade The quizzes will cover either readings due the day of the quiz materials covered in lecture on the day of the quiz or materials covered in lecture in the class previous to the quiz So a quiz on Wednesday could cover the reading for Wednesday anything from the lecture on Monday or anything from the lecture on Wednesday prior to the quiz Importantly I partly use quizzes to account for attendance It is very hard to do well in this class if you are absent often and part of the reason for that is that you will miss quizzes The two quizzes I drop are meant to take care of any emergency absences If you ll be absent more than a couple of times please talk to me ASAP 25 Essays You are required to complete two essays minimum 12001500 words during the term an quotAnalysisquot essay and an quotApplicationquot essay The details of each assignment are spelled out on separate sheets posted to Blackboard It doesn t matter which you do rst The essays must deal with entirely different readings and topics The rst of the two essays is due by January 29 The second of the two essays is due by March 5 You are welcome to turn the essays in as early as you like Essays must be submitted both through Safeassign and in hard copy in class or under my door 630 PLC 25 Midterm The midterm will be comprised of about 1015 short answer questions drawing on the main readings assigned supplementary readings lectures and any inclass exercises videos or other materials 25 Final The nal will be cumulative open book ie you can bring your Appelrouth and other assigned readings and open note handwritten notes only no printouts no photocopies It will probably combine short answer and essay questions but more details to come The nal will take place on the date scheduled by the university during nals week so please make your plans accordingly Paper Final Students who prefer are welcome to write a nal paper instead of taking the nal exam It should be a minimum of 3500 words 15 double spaced pages The nal must focus on readings that we have done during the class but you are encouraged to be creative in the direction that you take it If you want to pursue this option then by the seventh week of class please email me a document including the main question that your paper addresses your thesis a brief outline and a short description of how it builds on the readings and themes that we have dealt with in the class You should probably come talk to me so that we can talk over your ideas The paper is due the day of the nal exam or before in hard copy under my office door 630 PLC and via Safeassign Schedule All readings are from CCST unless otherwise noted January 6 Introduction January 8 Hobbes OR Rousseau Blackboard CCST Introduction pp 118 Marx January 13 German Ideology pp 3441 January 15 Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts pp 42 50 Manifesto pp 5363 Durkheim January 20 Division of Labor pp 94100 Suicide pp 103113 January 22 Elementary Forms of Religious Life pp 1 16124 Weber January 27 The Protestant Ethic pp 140150 January 29 The Distribution of Power pp 161168 ESSAY 1 DUE The Types of Legitimate Domination pp 170 175 Bureaucracy pp 177183 February 3 MIDTERM Self and Society February 5 Mead Mind pp 300306 February 10 Self pp 311320 February 12 Goffman The Presentation of Self pp 479491 February 17 Goffman Asylums pp 493501 February 19 Foucault Discipline and Punish 622635 February 24 Collins Black Feminist Thought pp 578585 February 26 DuBois The Souls of Black Folk pp 271283 The Souls of White Folk pp 2852 88 CultureRationalit Geertz Deep Play Notes on the Balinese y Cockfight Blackboard March 3 March 5 Olson Public Goods and the Free Rider Problem ESSAY 2 DUE Blackboard March 10 Zelizer The Meaning of Money Blackboard Simmel Exchange pp 233241 March 12 Almeling SeX Cells Blackboard March 18 FINAL Wednesday 1230 230
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