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Unformatted text preview: 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 : firstname.lastname@example.org 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) 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 Put simply, the history of scientific thought is a sequence of reactions to older, quite literally outdated modes of thought.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 response (or in some cases, revolt) against those which precede it....
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