soc101syllabusF07 - Soc 101 The Development of Sociological...

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1 Soc 101 The Development of Sociological Theory. Fall 2007 Professor Michael Mann MW 9-10.50. Haines 220. Office Hours W 11-1. 234 Haines. Tel: 5-1822. E-Mail: [email protected] This is an introduction to the theory and the relevance today of the three most famous sociologists of the past, Karl Marx 1818-1883 (together with his collaborator Friedrich Engels, 1820-1890), Emile Durkheim (1858-1917) and Max Weber (1864-1920). We focus on reading some of their main writings and discuss their strengths and their weaknesses. We also ask how relevant is their work today, briefly examining samples of modern writing influenced by them. The world has changed considerably since these dead Europeans wrote B for example, except for Marx, they neglected gender; except for Weber, they neglected ethnicity and war. Yet their concepts and theories still help illuminate much of modern social life. Course Requirements 1. Midterm Exam. Counting 40% . Taken during class, Wednesday November 14, 9-10.50. The exam paper will consist of four quotes, two from Marx/Engels and two from Durkheim. Students must write short commentaries on one from Marx/Engels and one from Durkheim. Detailed guidance on this paper, including a sample question paper (not the real one!) will be distributed beforehand. 2. End-of-Term Exam. Counting 49% Final Exam taken during exam week. You must write three essay answers from a list of eight questions, including one on Weber. 3 Sections. Counting 11% . The TAs will grade your attendance and contribution to your section. Though 11% might not seem much, it may be decisive in determining your grade if your other two assessments do not receive the same grade. Required Reading
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