Introduction to Social Theory

Faculty
Humanities & Social Sciences
Department
Sociology
Course Code
SOCI 2235
Credits
3.00
Semester Length
15
Max Class Size
35
Method Of Instruction
Lecture
Typically Offered
To be determined
Campus
Online

Overview

Course Description
This course introduces classical and contemporary social theories by examining their social and historical development. The connection between sociological research and the development of sociological theories is emphasized as well as the relevance of theory to the critical examination of current social issues.
Course Content

 

  1. Introduction: the aims of Sociology and the role of theory within the discipline.
  2. The origins of social theory (i.e. Auguste Comte; Herbert Spencer and Social Darwinism; Harriet Martineau; W.E.B. Dubois; Jane Addams)
  3. Emile Durkheim and the origins of functionalism
  4. Karl Marx
  5. Max Weber
  6. Classical theories of everyday life
  7. Contemporary functionalism
  8. Contemporary theories of everyday life
  9. NeoMarxism
  10. Classical and contemporary feminism
  11. Critical race theory
  12. Theories of modernity
  13. Post-Structuralism
  14. Postmodernism
  15. Theories of globalization

 

Methods Of Instruction

The course will employ a variety of instructional methods to accomplish its objectives, including some of the following: formal lectures, class discussions. Audio-visual aids will be introduced when appropriate.

Means of Assessment

Evaluation will be based on course objectives and will be carried out in accordance with Douglas College policy. The instructor will provide a written course outline with specific criteria during the first week of classes.

 An example of a possible evaluation scheme would be:

Three Exams

 60%

Research Outline

  5%

Term Paper Assignment

 25%

Class Participation

 10%

Total

100%

 Students may conduct research with human participants as part of their coursework in this class. Instructors for the course are responsible for ensuring that student research projects comply with College policies on ethical conduct for research involving humans.

 

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of the course the successful student will be able to:

  1. Outline the historical development of sociological theory.
  2. Distinguish between the different schools of thought within sociological theory.
  3. Identify major sociological theorists and the theoretical concepts associated with them.
  4. Compare and contrast different types of sociological theory.
  5. Evaluate and discuss sociological theories critically.
  6. Analyze sociological concepts and issues using various forms of sociological theory.
  7. Discuss the relevance of sociological research to the development of sociological theory and vice versa.

 

Textbook Materials

Examples of textbooks that may be used in this course include:

  • Sears, A. and Cairns, J. (2015) A Good Book in Theory: Making Sense Through Inquiry. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
  • Dillon, M. (2014). Introduction to Sociological Theory. Toronto: Wiley.
  • Kivisto, P. (2013) Social Theory: Roots and Branches. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Ritzer, G. (2012). Contemporary Social Theory and Its Classical Roots. New York: McGraw-Hill
  • Mann, D. (2011). Understanding Society: A Survey of Modern Social Theory. Toronto: Oxford University Press.
  • Ransome, P. (2010). Social Theory for Beginners. Bristol: Policy Press.
  • Allan, K. (2010). The Social Lens: An Invitation to Social and Sociological Theory. Toronto: Pearson Education Canada. 

 

Requisites

Prerequisites

Corequisites

No corequisite courses.

Equivalencies

No equivalent courses.

Requisite for

This course is not required for any other course.

Course Guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

Course Transfers

Institution Transfer Details Effective Dates
Camosun College (CAMO) CAMO SOC 220 (3) 2013/01/01 to 2020/04/30
Capilano University (CAPU) CAPU SOC 101 (3) 2004/09/01 to -
Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) KPU SOCI 2235 (3) 2006/09/01 to -
Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) KPU SOCI 1235 (3) 2004/09/01 to 2006/08/31
Simon Fraser University (SFU) SFU SA 250 (3) 2004/09/01 to -
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU SOCI 121 (3) 2004/09/01 to 2010/08/31
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU SOCI 1210 (3) 2010/09/01 to -
Trinity Western University (TWU) TWU SOCI 2XX (3) 2004/09/01 to -
University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO) UBCO SOCI 1st (3); DOUG SOCI 1125 (3) & DOUG SOCI 2235 (3) = UBCO SOCI 111 (3) & UBCO SOCI 121 (3) 2004/09/01 to -
University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) UBCV SOCI 1st (3); DOUG SOCI 1125 (3) & DOUG SOCI 2235 (3) = UBCV SOCI 100 (6); DOUG SOCI 1155 (3) & DOUG SOCI 2235 (3) = UBCV SOCI 100 (6); DOUG SOCI 2235 (3) & DOUG SOCI 1125 (3) = UBCV SOCI 100 (6); DOUG SOCI 2235 (3) & DOUG SOCI 1155 (3) = UBCV SOCI 100 (6) 2004/09/01 to -
University of Northern BC (UNBC) UNBC SOSC 2XX (3) 2004/09/01 to -
University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) UFV SOC 201 (3) 2004/09/01 to -
University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC SOCI 2XX (1.5) 2004/09/01 to 2006/08/31
University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC SOCI 210 (1.5) 2006/09/01 to -
Vancouver Island University (VIU) VIU SOCI 2nd (3) 2004/09/01 to -

Course Offerings

Winter 2021

CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
Location
16639
04-Jan-2021
- 12-Apr-2021
04-Jan-2021
12-Apr-2021
Burkowicz
Jakub
Open
Online
All course activities will be asynchronous. Students will not be required to be online at specific scheduled times.
Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
35
0
35
0