2011 Soc 336 Social Change Syllabus

2011 Soc 336 Social Change Syllabus - State University of...

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State University of New York at Stony Brook Department of Sociology Social Change Sociology 336 – Section 1 MW 5:20pm-6:40pm Javits Lecture Center 111 Spring 2011 (January 31 st – May 23 rd ) Instructor: Paul Bugyi Office: S-435 Social and Behavioral Sciences Building Office Hours: Wednesday 2:00pm-4:00pm or by appointment Email Address: pbugyi@notes.cc.sunysb.edu Office Phone: 632-7700 Goals: Since its inception, sociology has been driven by questions concerning major transformations in the structure of group behavior. The three great figures in the history of sociology – Karl Marx, Emile Durkheim and Max Weber – spent most of their careers trying to answer these questions. So in a sense sociology grew as a discipline precisely to explain processes of social change. Therefore, this class sets a foundation for anyone who wishes to pursue the field of sociology or social theory. All current research in the field, whether it concerns gender, healthcare, immigration, social movements, or fashion, must be contextualized within a discussion of what has come before and what is to come later. While historians have grappled mostly with changes within particular societies, sociologists have looked for general trends. For instance, a historian would be interested in the string of events that led to a modern, bureaucratic state in France during the late 18 th century, while a sociologist would compare countries that developed these organizations to answer how and why bureaucracies develop. The goal of this class is to introduce students to the major theories of social change. We will begin with analyses from the 19 th century, specifically the major contributions of Marx, Durkheim and Weber. We will then use the issues raised by these theorists as a starting point to explore current debates about how the U.S. and the world has changed and still is. The key element of these discussions is the apparent loss of community in modern life, and the personal and group alienation that arises from it. Requirements/Grading
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