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abend theory syllabus spring 2011

For example is reality socially constructed why did

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Unformatted text preview: blems.” An authors ­ based class is organized around individual sociological theorists. For example: first, you study Durkheim’s work, then Marx’s, and so on. By contrast, a problems ­based class is organized around substantive questions that sociological theorists have addressed. For example: Is reality socially constructed? Why did capitalism come about? And so on. My approach is to use both approaches. We’ll engage substantive questions that are inherently important. And you’ll also learn what Marx, Weber, Durkheim, and Goffman said about these and other issues, and why these authors have been so influential. The idea is to have the best of both words: authors and problems. 3. Rules of conduct (or, how to get along together) (1) Please turn off your cell phones. 1 (2) It follows from the previous point, but still: no texting; no kidding. (3) No laptops. Scientific evidence shows that most people have more fun checking what their Facebook friends are up to than paying attention to sociological theory classes, but unfortunately this is a sociological theory class. You’ll have to take notes by hand, like in the old days. (4) Please don’t be late to class. If you must be late due to a special circumstance, email me beforehand. (5) Fundamental Law of Class Discussion: listen to and respect the opinions of your class...
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