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Stevan Knezevich

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. E-mail: [email protected], [email protected] 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: [email protected] Course description This couthe is an introduction to theories that underpinned formation of sociology in the early 20 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 19 -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 Books Ashley, David thd David Michael Orenstein (2005) Sociological Theory: Classical Statements, 6 edition, Boston: Allyn and Bacon. Marx, Karl and Friedrich Engels (1998, 1848) The Communist Manifesto, London: Penguin. Articles 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: 1Computer and e-mail requirement All students must have an active UTSC or UTOR e-mail account. Course information will be announced on Blackboard (Portal). The instructor will answer e-mail messages on the following business day. Please put the course number in the title of your message. The University’s spam filters routinely block messages from many commercial servers. Use of your UTSC or UTOR e-mail is therefore recommended for all course work. Messages asking for information available on Blackboard or given in lecture will not be answered. AccessAbility Services: Students with a health consideration, physical or learning challenge are welcome in this course. If you require any assistance, please speak to me and/or an advisor at AccessAbility Services (Room S302, 416-287-7560; [email protected]). Advisors are available by appointment to assess special needs, provide referrals and arrange appropriate accommodations. More information is available at: Evaluation th In-class test, June 9 35% Book review, due July 21 st 25% Final examination, August 7 - 20 th 40% Lateness: A make-up test (held one week after the regularly scheduled one) may be written only in documented cases of illness or immediate family
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