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]
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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]
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.
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:
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.
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]
are available by appointment to assess special needs, provide referrals and arrange
appropriate accommodations. More information is available at:
In-class test, June 9 35%
Book review, due July 21 st 25%
Final examination, August 7 - 20 th 40%
A make-up test (held one week after the regularly scheduled one) may be written only in
documented cases of illness or immediate family