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Professor: Dylan Riley Course: 101A Venue: 145 Dwinelle Semester: Fall 2007 E-mail: [email protected] Office Phone: 510-642-5225 Office Hours: 12:00-2:00 Thursdays * Office: 490 Barrows Graduate Student Instructors Andrew Kohnen: [email protected] Eli Friedman: [email protected] Gokahn Irfanoglu: [email protected] Paul Hathazy: [email protected] Mike Levien: [email protected] Laura Nelson: [email protected] Gabe Hetland: [email protected] This course introduces the classic works of social theory. By "classical social theory" I mean an explanation of the causes and consequences of the "division of labor in society." Marx, Weber, Durkheim, and Michels all argue that modern societies possess a complex interdependent division of social roles (a division of labor) that they contrast with "pre- modern" societies where this division was less developed. They then ask, "What are the causes and consequences of the division of labor?" In answering this question, each thinker develops a "theory of history" -- that is, a broad understanding of how modern societies came to be, and what they are likely become in the future. In this class you will learn to understand, compare and contrast these different accounts of social change. In the process you will developed a broad understanding of the distinctive problems and possibilities of modern societies.
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