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SOC 4195 : Senior Research Seminar
Columbian College of Arts and Sciences
Sociology (SOC)
Classical Sociological Theory
Classical Sociological Theory
Fall 2017
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SOC 1001 or SOC 1002

Ken, Eglitis
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Analysis and critique of the development of Western European and North American social thought in the period of modernity. Consideration of the development of classical theoretical statements and the emergence of topics of sociological inquiry globally.
1. Name the major traditions in sociological theory and the major thinkers who contributed to the development of sociological theory in its founding and classic years. 2. Identify the key events/trends in Western history in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries that gave rise to sociology. 3. Explain the relationship between the development of sociology and the coming of modernity. 4. Explain the major features of a sociological theory: problematic, assumptions, concepts, theses, parsimony. 5. Explain the importance of and do—orally and in writing—a formal definition of a concept: term to be defined =genus+differentiae. 6. Identify the major ideas of each theorist studied in the course. 7. Define the key concepts created by each theorist. 8. Explain each of these major ideas using the concepts the theorist created. 9.Apply these major ideas to contemporary events in your life and the w orld, critically assessing how “well” these ideas explain those events: that is, how well does the theo ry seem to account for the present situation, predict possible outcomes or suggest a future course of action? 10. Demonstrate a command of the basic insight that “sociology is a multi-paradigm science.”
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