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Robert Crosnoe, Chair CLA 3.306, Mailcode A1700, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-232-6300

Spring 2007

SOC 394K • Current Debates

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
46470 M
1:00 PM-4:00 PM
BUR 214

Course Description

This course focuses on some of the major theoretical paradigms and concepts in contemporary sociological inquiry. It will take the form of class discussion; everybody should come having done the readings and prepared to talk about them. Each student will write five 4-page papers during the course of the semester. The papers should provide with an analytical and critical account of the reading(s) of the week. It should be turned in by 10:00 AM in my inbox the day of the class. No exceptions. Each student will also do one presentation. All the readings for this course will be are on reserve but the texts below can purchased at the University Co-Op bookstore on Guadalupe Street. Other readings are available in the form of a course pack that you can obtain at Paradigm copy store on 24th Street.


Andrew Abbott, System of Professions, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1988. Donald Black, The Social Structure of Right and Wrong, Academic Press, 1988. Pierre Bourdieu, Distinction: A Social Critique of the Judgement of Taste, Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1984. Randall Collins, Interaction Ritual Chains, Princeton: Princeton University Press. 2005. Michel Foucault, Discipline and Punish, New York: Vintage Books, 1979. Erving Goffman, Presentation of Self in Everyday Life. New York: Anchor Books, 1959. Roger V. Gould, Collision of Wills: How Ambiguity about Rank Breeds Conflict, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2003. Arlie Hochschild, Commercialization of Intimate Life: Notes from Home and Work. University of California Press, 2003. Mancur Olson, The Logic of Collective Action, Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1965. Charles Tilly, Durable Inequality, University of California Press, 1999.


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