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

Spring 2009

SOC 379M • Sociological Theory

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
45780 TTh
12:30 PM-2:00 PM
BUR 116

Course Description

This course focuses on some of the major theoretical paradigms and concepts in sociological inquiry. Its format will combine lectures with class discussions; everybody should come having done the daily readings and prepared to talk about them. All the readings for this course are on reserve at the PCL library but the texts below can purchased at the University Co-Op bookstore on Guadalupe Street.

Grading Policy

There will be three examinations for this course.
First Exam 30%
Second Exam 40 %
Final Exam 30%


Craig Calhoun et al. (editors), Classical Sociological Theory, London: Blackwell, 2002
Erving Goffman, Presentation of Self in Everyday Life, New York: Anchor Books, 1959
Mancur Olson, The Logic of Collective Action, Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1965
Max Weber, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, London: Routledge, 1992

The rest of the material (the articles and book chapters preceded by the * sign in the syllabus) is available in the form of a course pack that you can obtain at Paradigm copy store on 24th Street.


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