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Spring 2018


This course is designed to serve as an in-depth introduction to foundational sociological theories. The social theories/theorists emphasized in this course do not merely constitute some of the major statements of the field, but also share a common attempt to understand and explain periods of change and transformation in human history. We will seek to uncover certain conceptualizations and assumptions about human nature, society, the relation of the individual and society, the nature of stability and order, and the nature of power and conflict. However, this body of knowledge did not arise in a void, and so some emphasis will also be placed on the hermeneutic/historical dimension of our readings.

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This OER was created under the CUNY/SUNY Scale Up Initiative grant, 2017-2018, sponsored by the CUNY Office of Library Services.

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