GOV 379S • Social Theory in Political Analysis- W
7:00 PM-10:00 PM
Contains a substantial writing component and fulfills part of the basic education requirement in writing. Upper-division standing required. Drawing on a mix of classical and contemporary sources, this seminar analyzes several of the many ways that social theory can illuminate the political, legal, and cultural organization of complex, modern societies. It focuses on four topics: (1) the mechanisms of social integration, including the social construction of knowledge, self, and society; (2) the social functions of institutions, practices, and norms; (3) the generation, management, and mismanagement of social conflict; and (4) the role and perpetuation of social elites.
The final grade will be the average of four essays, each 5-6 double-spaced pages, adjusted for quality of class participation.
G.W.F. Hegel, Philosophy of Right Ferdinand T õnnies, Community and Civil Society Niklas Luhmann, Essays on Self-Reference Pierre Bourdieu, Logic of Practice Anthony Giddens, Central Problems in Social Theory