History of Sociological Theory (SOC 513) Fall 2013 Syllabus

fatih sociology logoÖnder Çetin, Ph.D.

Office: A-343, Office Hours: Monday 13:00-14:00, Tuesday 16:00-17:00, Thursday 10:00-12:00

E-Mail: ocetin@fatih.edu.tr


Course Description and Objectives

This course is an in-depth analysis of selected major classical theorists in sociology, with special attention to the intellectual roots and the convergence or divergence of concepts and theoretical orientations. Emphasis will be placed on the critical analysis of primary sources and on major trends in the interpretation of these sources; attention will center on selected theorists in Europe and the United States during the 19th and 20th centuries.

The course is designed to provide an overview of the major paradigms of classical sociological theory. The main objective of the course is to introduce the student to major classical sociological paradigms, and to offer critical perspectives on these paradigms.


Response papers: 40%

Final paper: 60%



Reader will be available at copy center on September 16


Course Schedule

September 20: Introduction / What is sociological theory? Who are sociology’s core theories? How can we navigate sociological theory?
September 27: Intellectual and Political Roots of Sociological Theory in the East and the West
October 4: The German Ideology and Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844
October 11: The Communist Manifesto and Capital
October 25: The Rules of Sociological Method and The Division of Labor in Society
November 1: Suicide and The Elementary Forms of Religious Life
November 15: The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism and The Social Psychology of   the World Religions
November 22: The Distribution of Power within the Political Community: Class, Status, Party, The Types of Legitimate Domination and Bureaucracy
November 29: Exchange and the Stranger
December 6: The Metropolis and Mental Life
December 13: Mind, Self, and Society
December 20: Toward a General Theory of Action
December 27: Manifest and Latent Functions and Social Structure and Anomie