SOCB42H3 Study Guide - American Sociological Review, Hannah Arendt, The Communist Manifesto

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Classic Sociological Theory I
SOCB42H3Y, Summer 2010
Instructor: Ivanka Knezevic
Class meetings: Wednesdays 13:00-15:00, SW 143.
Office hours: Wednesdays, 15:00-16:00, room B590.
Telephone: (416) 287-7291. I am only available at this telephone number during office
hours. DO NOT leave voice mail messages.
Teaching Assistant: Athena Engman, e-mail:
Course description
This course is an introduction to theories that underpinned formation of sociology in the
early 20th century. After a brief overview of earlier ideas about society, we will focus on the
Enlightenment and the rise of modernity as the context wherein Comte, Spencer, Marx, and
other theorists of social structure and change wrote. Not only shall we explore the
importance of these 19th-century explanations of society in their own time, but we shall also
discuss their continued importance for development of sociology and for more general
understanding the contemporary world.
Required readings
Ashley, David and David Michael Orenstein (2005) Sociological Theory: Classical
Statements, 6th edition, Boston: Allyn and Bacon.
Marx, Karl and Friedrich Engels (1998, 1848) The Communist Manifesto, London:
Arendt, Hannah (2004, 1990) “Philosophy and Politics”, Social Research, 71, 3: 427-454.
Petrović, Gajo (1963) “Marx’s Theory of Alienation”, Philosophy and
Phenomenological Research, 23, 3: 419-426.
Scheper-Hughes, Nancy (2001) “Commodity Fetishism in Organ Trafficking”, Body and
Society, 7, 2-3: 31-62.
Stark, Werner (1961) “Herbert Spencer’s Three Sociologies”, American Sociological
Review, 26, 4: 515-521.
All articles are available online through University of Toronto Libraries. For instructions
on how to locate material in e-resources, see a reference librarian, or go to:
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