Sociological Theory

University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Sociological Theory

  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    (SOCI 101 or SOCI 102 or SOCI 103) or 54 points

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Introduces the three classical theoretical schools in sociology, examining the works of Marx, Durkheim and Weber and the enduring relevance of their ideas to key issues in contemporary social theory.
    Sociological theory isn't an abstract concept-it's a part of our everyday life. Durkheim, Weber, and Marx made observations so profound that they have become a part of the fabric of our society. We're still talking about their ideas, not because they have all of the answers, but because they've given us frameworks for how to ask the questions. In this paper you'll be asking questions based on their work in experiential learning outside the classroom. Using a volunteer experience of your choice, you will apply the ideas discussed in the classroom and write three essays. These essays are the assessment for the class, which is entirely internal. The experiential learning offers flexibility in class time as well as providing a valuable experience that will add to your university involvement and your resume as you complete the paper.

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