- Code SOCY2040
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Sociology
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Sociology
- Areas of interest Sociology
- Academic career UGRD
- AsPr Paul K. Jones
- Mode of delivery Online
First Semester 2022
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The course will critically examine the sociological theories of Karl Marx, Max Weber and Emile Durkheim, along with other pertinent figures. Two major foci are: (i) the study of primary texts and (ii) the introduction of the dynamically hybrid and contested traditions that are associated with these thinkers. The social and intellectual contexts of these 'classical' yet hybrid sociological traditions will be introduced, including their evident influence on contemporary sociology.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- comprehend and evaluate relevant primary texts;
- analyse and interpret complex social theories;
- understand the hybrid and contested legacies of social theoretical traditions and related debates;
- apply relevant concepts and methods embedded within these intellectual traditions to contemporary social issues; and
- communicate such analysis, interpretation and understanding in both oral and written forms of argument.
Lectures and Tutorials commence Week 1.
Relevant Journals include: Journal of Classical Sociology; European Journal of Social Theory.
- Short essay (2000 words) (40) [LO 1,3,5]
- Research essay (2500 words) (50) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Tutorial participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures, and 12 hours of tutorials; and, b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Required weekly readings (as well as recommended secondary readings) are made available via Wattle links to a library ebrick and reserve collection.
Veblen, T. B. 1964. The Economic Theory of Woman's Dress. (1894). In: Ardzrooni, L. (ed.) Essays in Our Changing Order. N.Y.: Kelley.
Marx, K. 1973. Articles on the North American Civil War (1861). In: Fernbach, D. (ed.) Karl Marx Surveys from Exile: Political Writings Vol 2. London: Penguin Books.
Weber, M. (1968) Charisma and Institutionalization in the Political Sphere (selections). In: Eisenstadt, S. N. (ed.) On Charisma and Institution Building. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Habermas, J. (1989/1962) The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere: an inquiry into a category of bourgeois society (Ch 2 ‘Social Structures of the Public Sphere’), MIT Press.
Fraser, Nancy (1990) Rethinking the Public Sphere: A Contribution to the Critique of Actually Existing Democracy. Social Text, 56-80.
Gilroy, Paul. (1993)The Black Atlantic: Modernity and Double Consciousness. Harvard UP.
Durkheim, É. (1995). The Elementary Forms of Religious life (1912). New York: Free Press.
Giddens, A. 1971. Capitalism and modern social theory: An analysis of the writings of Marx, Durkheim and Max Weber. Cambridge University Press.
Law, A. (2011). Key concepts in classical social theory. Sage.
Go, Julian. (2016) Postcolonial Thought and Social Theory. Oxford UP.
Alexander, J. C. (1996). The Centrality of the Classics. In S. P. Turner (Ed.), Social theory and Sociology: the classics and beyond. Blackwell.
McDonald, L. (1997) Classical social theory with the women founders included. In: Camic, C. (ed.) Reclaiming the Sociological Classics. Blackwell.
Baehr, P. R. (2002) Founders, Classics, Canons : Modern Disputes over the Origins and Appraisal of Sociology's Heritage. Transaction Publishers.
Rose, Gillian. (1995) Love's Work: A Reckoning with Life. Chatto & Windus.
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