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San José State University Sociology Department SOC101, Social Theory, Summer, 2010 Course Name, Number, Semester, and Year Page 1 of 8
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Instructor: Mitra Rokni Office Location: DMH 210 Telephone: 408-924-5788 Email: [email protected] Office Hours: By Appointment Class Days/Time: TR 13:00-16:45 Classroom: CL 204 Prerequisites: SOCI 1 (or equivalent) and upper division standing. Pre/Corequisite: SOCI 100W. Faculty Web Page  Copies of the course materials such as the syllabus, major assignment handouts, etc. may be found  on my faculty web page accessible through the Quick Links>Faculty Web Page links on the  SJSU home page (http://www.sjsu.edu/people/mitra.rokni/).  Course Description  Comparative analysis of micro and macro sociological theories and their origins, including, but not  limited to, conflict theories, consensus theories, structural functionalism, symbolic interaction,  critical theory, post-structuralism, post-modernism, feminism, and recent theoretical  developments.  Course Goals and Student Learning Objectives This course is designed to teach students the fundamentals of social theory.  The course will cover  the major classical, modern, post-modern, and feminist sociological theories.  The goal is to develop  critical thinking and social knowledge (beyond common sense) by analyzing social issues and  problems using social theories that would explain the new world order/conflict and our place in it.  The emphasis throughout the semester will be on cutting through the surface of social realities to  Course Name, Number, Semester, and Year Page 2 of 8
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what is fundamental in determining the ways in which we see the world and the crucial role played  by one’s basic assumptions about the nature of social science and the nature of society.   Required Texts/Readings  George Ritzer, Contemporary Sociological Theory and Its Classical Roots. Charles Lemert (ed.), Social Theory: Multicultural and Classic Readings. Other Readings Additional readings will be provided during the semester. Classroom Protocol We are all travelers on this learning journey called life. Classroom is our shared educational space  for learning, understanding, discussing, and responding to one another as both students and teachers.  To disregard the importance of an active engagement in this learning process could create an  atmosphere of apathy, silence, and disrespect to the very spirit of education to overcome our  individual and collective ignorance.  It is crucial for students to take responsibility for their role in  enhancing and creating the opportunities for a critical and civil dialogue on the most pressing issues  of our time. 
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