CST Notes 1 - Sociology 319 Contemporary Social Theories...

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Sociology 319 Contemporary Social Theories January 11, 2006 Introduction Office Hours . Monday 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. and Thursday, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m., or by appointment. I will attempt to keep these hours but meetings may be scheduled for these times in some weeks. My other class is on Tuesday and Thursday, 1:00 – 2:15. Web Site : The web site is at the address As much as possible, I will place notes and links to articles on the web site. I will try to have the notes on the web site and in the Library by each weekend. Remember that these are notes and not a finished product. As a result, there may be inconsistencies in the materials and some incomplete sections. But they provide a summary and a guide to my own thinking about the issues. If any questions or suggestions about the web notes, please raise them with me or send me an email. In addition to the notes for this class, some of the other notes on the same web site may be helpful for this class. The notes for Sociology 250 (last revised in the Winter 2003 semester) provide a survey of sociological theory – from classical to postmodern; the notes from Sociology 318 (last revised in the Fall 2002 semester) provide details on classical theorists. The web notes from the last two times I taught this class (Winter 2000 and Winter 2003) are also available on the web site. However, the text used for each of these two semesters differs from the texts used this semester. The text was The Blackwell Companion to Social Theory , edited by Bryan S. Turner – first and second edition. A copy is on reserve in the University Library. Text and Readings : Bert N. Adams and R. A. Sydie. 2002. Contemporary Sociological Theory . Thousand Oaks, California, Pine Forge Press. Referred to as CST . Nancy Fraser and Axel Honneth. 2003. Redistribution or Recognition? A Political-Philosophical Exchange . London, Verso. HM671 F713 – available at the University Library on overnight reserve. Referred to as RR .
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Additional assigned readings will be provided as class handouts. I will also place additional readings on reserve in the University Library or provide links through the web site. Bert N. Adams and R. A. Sydie. 2001. Sociological Theory . HM585 A33 2001. This text contains many of the same chapters as the text for this course and a copy is on overnight reserve at the University Library. Additional readings on reserve in the Library on the web site, or as class handouts. In addition to the textbook and lectures, there will be extra readings for most of the sections. These will be available as class handouts, on reserve in the University Library, or on the internet (if I am unable to reproduce them). These will be relatively short selections from different sociologists. I expect you to read these, be able to discuss them, and be able to write about these on the examinations and papers.
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