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S OCIOLOGY  480-363-00:  Sociological Theory  (W) Spring Semester 2001 Tuesdays & Thursdays, 12:30PM – 1:45PM Moyer Hall 302 P ROFESSOR J. Christopher Kovats-Bernat O FFICE  L OCATION : Ettinger Suite 106A  O FFICE  H OURS : Mondays & Wednesdays, 3:00PM – 5:00PM; Tuesdays & Thursdays, 2:00PM – 3:00PM; Or by appointment. O FFICE  P HONE : (484)664-3439 O FFICE  F AX : (484)664-3536 H OME  P HONE : (610)776-0343 E-M AIL : [email protected] R EQUIRED  T EXTS :                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               * RECOMMENDED *                                                                                                               C OURSE  D ESCRIPTION   AND  O BJECTIVES :                                                                                                                                              No science, whether natural or social, is an objective progression toward truth. The scientific process is  heavily influenced by non-rational procedures - factual prejudice, religious conviction, racism, social  urgency, ethnocentrism, political bias - that yield new theories which are viewed as more complex than  i Modern Sociological Theory (5 th  Edition) By George Ritzer Twentieth-Century Social Thought (5 th  Edition) By R. P. Cuzzort and  Edith W. King The Communist Manifesto By Karl Marx and  Friedrich Engels   Social Thought: A  Reader Sociological Theory 480-363-00 Spring Semester 2001 Social Thought: A Reader (coursepack)
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those that they usurp, but in fact stand no closer to the truth of reality. Put simply, the history of scientific  thought is a sequence of reactions to older, quite literally   outdated   modes of thought. As such, all  scientific   theories   are   historical   productions   of   the   dominant   social   paradigms   of   the   time,   and  sociological theories are no different. Throughout this course we will examine various schools of  sociological thought from the privileged perspective of hindsight, evaluating each as an intellectual  response (or in some cases, revolt) against those which precede it. Like a teenager entrenched in rebellion 
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