SHS 316: Social Theory

Credits 4

This course provides an introduction to the central issues in sociological theory and a survey of both classical and modern sociological theorists.  Sociological theory plays a critical role in the formation and development of sociology, in that it provides lenses through which to see the world; lenses that define the actors, contexts, and institutions that populate the realm of sociology. While sociology inculcates an awareness of how individual problems connect to social issues, it is sociological theory that structures the social world such that “problems” and “issues” first emerge. (WI)

Semester Offered
Offered fall of even-numbered years