Sociological%20Theories%20Undergrad%20Spring%202009

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Sociological Theories SYA 4010 Spring 2009 Guillermo J. Grenier Mon. 5:00-7:40 Email: guillermo.grenier@gmail.com O f f i c e : D M 3 3 1 Synatra Smith (Teaching Assistant) Off. Hrs: by appointment e-mail: ssmit029@fiu.edu Course Description: This course examines the history of ideas – and criticisms of the ideas - that inform the Western tradition of secular thought about society and its relation to history, politics, and culture. The various theoretical paradigms we will examine form the foundations of the contemporary disciplines of sociology and anthropology. Three paradigms of social thought will be discussed in detail, represented by the figures Karl Marx, Emile Durkheim, and Max Weber. We will also scan the most significant ideas of contemporary social theories that simultaneously rely upon and diverge from the founding traditions. Expectations : You are responsible for completing the reading, turning in assignments on time, and participating in class discussion. Having a poor attendance record, cheating, turning in late assignments, disrupting or disrespecting the classroom (talking during lecture or discussion, PMing, sleeping, or otherwise just being rude), are all grounds for adjusting your grade downward. I reserve the right to adjust your final grade by as much as 1 full letter grade if you fail to comply with these basic expectations. Late assignments and made up exams will NOT be allowed except under extreme circumstances and regardless of the circumstances will automatically result in a penalty of a full letter grade deduction. Also, I take plagiarism very seriously. The university wide policy on plagiarism will be enforced. ** NOTE : I will not accept emailed or handwritten assignments. You must type your work and print out a hard copy to be turned in on the day it is due. Readings: Text: George Ritzer. Contemporary Sociological Theory and Its Classical Roots: The Basics . McGraw- Hill. Second Edition. Reading Packet : Available at the Department of Sociology/Anthropology. $30.00 I will also have all of the readings available on Blackboard by the end of the first week. They will be in PDF format and FREE!!! Other Resources: www.fiu.edu/~grenierg . An extremely useful website about all things sociological can be found at http://www.trinity.edu/%7Emkearl/ . Read the theory section liberally during the semester. Course Requirements
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