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

Ari Adut

Ph.D., University of Chicago

Associate Professor
Ari Adut

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Biography

Research: Ari Adut's On Scandal: Moral Disturbances in Society, Politics, and Art was published by Cambridge University Press in 2008. This book received an Honorable Mention for the 2009 Mary Douglas Prize for Best Book in Sociology of Culture. Adut is currently writing a book on political violence. His other research interests include the public sphere, commodification, and censorship. Adut's research has been published in American Journal of Sociology and Theory and Society, and it has received support from the Social Science Research Council and the American Council of Learned Societies.

SOC 379M • Sociological Theory

46315 • Fall 2014
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm CLA 1.106
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Description

The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to some of the more important theoretical foundations of the discipline of sociology and to current debates in modern social theory. The first part of the course covers select classical theorists. The second part provides an introduction to twentieth-century social theory and critical perspectives on the classical foundations of sociology. The third and final part presents a highly influential response to these challenges by a leading sociological theorist of our day. Throughout the course, the main topics of interest are the rise and transformation of modern society, the changing relationship between the individual and social institutions, the role of social structures and agency in social theory, the role of moral and instrumental action in agency theory, the challenge of critical theory to the social sciences, and contemporary attempts at a critical and multidimensional theory of society.

This course challenges students to think theoretically and critically about society and its material and cultural construction. The readings for the course are difficult but not inaccessible. This course will be fruitful if, and only if, students make a serious commitment to do the reading and to attend class. If this commitment is made, the social world might never look and feel quite the same. At least this is my goal and I aim to deliver.

Grading Policy

Three short papers 75%

Three one to two page memos on reading 15%

Class participation 10%

Short papers: Students must write three papers, each approximately five pages in length. One paper is due for each of the three parts of the course.

Memos: For the first part of the course, I will ask you to write three memos, each approximately one page in length. One memo will be on Karl Marx. The second memo will be on Emile Durkeim. And the final memo is on Max Weber.

Texts

All texts have been ordered through MonkeyWrench Books (110 E. North Loop, Austin, TX 78751; tel. (512) 407-6925)

Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, The Marx-Engels Reader, ed. Robert Tucker, Norton

Emile Durkheim, On Morality and Society, ed. Robert N. Bellah, Chicago

Max Weber, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, Roxbury

Georg Simmel, On Individuality and Social Forms, ed. Donald Levine, Chicago

Sigmund Freud, Civilization and Its Discontents, Norton

Michel Foucault, The Foucault Reader, ed. Paul Rabinow, Pantheon

Jurgen Habermas, Jurgen Habermas on Society and Politics: A Reader, ed. Seidman, Beacon

SOC 379M • Sociological Theory

46320 • Fall 2014
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm CLA 1.106
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Description

The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to some of the more important theoretical foundations of the discipline of sociology and to current debates in modern social theory. The first part of the course covers select classical theorists. The second part provides an introduction to twentieth-century social theory and critical perspectives on the classical foundations of sociology. The third and final part presents a highly influential response to these challenges by a leading sociological theorist of our day. Throughout the course, the main topics of interest are the rise and transformation of modern society, the changing relationship between the individual and social institutions, the role of social structures and agency in social theory, the role of moral and instrumental action in agency theory, the challenge of critical theory to the social sciences, and contemporary attempts at a critical and multidimensional theory of society.

This course challenges students to think theoretically and critically about society and its material and cultural construction. The readings for the course are difficult but not inaccessible. This course will be fruitful if, and only if, students make a serious commitment to do the reading and to attend class. If this commitment is made, the social world might never look and feel quite the same. At least this is my goal and I aim to deliver.

Grading Policy

Three short papers 75%

Three one to two page memos on reading 15%

Class participation 10%

Short papers: Students must write three papers, each approximately five pages in length. One paper is due for each of the three parts of the course.

Memos: For the first part of the course, I will ask you to write three memos, each approximately one page in length. One memo will be on Karl Marx. The second memo will be on Emile Durkeim. And the final memo is on Max Weber.

Texts

All texts have been ordered through MonkeyWrench Books (110 E. North Loop, Austin, TX 78751; tel. (512) 407-6925)

Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, The Marx-Engels Reader, ed. Robert Tucker, Norton

Emile Durkheim, On Morality and Society, ed. Robert N. Bellah, Chicago

Max Weber, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, Roxbury

Georg Simmel, On Individuality and Social Forms, ed. Donald Levine, Chicago

Sigmund Freud, Civilization and Its Discontents, Norton

Michel Foucault, The Foucault Reader, ed. Paul Rabinow, Pantheon

Jurgen Habermas, Jurgen Habermas on Society and Politics: A Reader, ed. Seidman, Beacon

SOC 394K • Sociology Of Culture

46430 • Fall 2014
Meets T 600pm-900pm CLA 3.106
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Course Description

This course focuses on some of the major theoretical paradigms and concepts in contemporary sociological inquiry. Among the theorists whose works we will consider are: Andrew Abbott, Charles Tilly, Pierre Bourdieu, Erving Goffman, James Coleman, Ann Swidler, Randall Collins, Roger Gould, and Michel Foucault.

I will take the form of class discussion; everybody should come having done the readings and be prepared to talk about them.  Each student will write a paper 12-15 pages due at the end of the semester.  Each student will do one presentation.  All readings for this course are on reserve, but the texts can be purchased at the University Coop.

SOC 394K • Current Debates

46620 • Spring 2014
Meets TH 330pm-630pm CLA 3.106
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Description:

This course focuses on some of the major theoretical paradigms and concepts in contemporary sociological inquiry. Among the theorists whose works we will consider are: Andrew Abbott, Charles Tilly, Pierre Bourdieu, Erving Goffman, James Coleman, Ann Swidler, Randall Collins, Roger Gould, and Michel Foucault.

I will take the form of class discussion; everybody should come having done the readings and be prepared to talk about them.  Each student will write a paper 12-15 pages due at the end of the semester.  Each student will do one presentation.  All readings for this course are on reserve, but the texts can be purchased at the University Coop.

SOC 379M • Sociological Theory

46285 • Fall 2013
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm CLA 1.104
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Description

The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to some of the more important theoretical foundations of the discipline of sociology and to current debates in modern social theory. The first part of the course covers select classical theorists. The second part provides an introduction to twentieth-century social theory and critical perspectives on the classical foundations of sociology. The third and final part presents a highly influential response to these challenges by a leading sociological theorist of our day. Throughout the course, the main topics of interest are the rise and transformation of modern society, the changing relationship between the individual and social institutions, the role of social structures and agency in social theory, the role of moral and instrumental action in agency theory, the challenge of critical theory to the social sciences, and contemporary attempts at a critical and multidimensional theory of society.

This course challenges students to think theoretically and critically about society and its material and cultural construction. The readings for the course are difficult but not inaccessible. This course will be fruitful if, and only if, students make a serious commitment to do the reading and to attend class. If this commitment is made, the social world might never look and feel quite the same. At least this is my goal and I aim to deliver.

Grading Policy

Three short papers 75%

Three one to two page memos on reading 15%

Class participation 10%

Short papers: Students must write three papers, each approximately five pages in length. One paper is due for each of the three parts of the course.

Memos: For the first part of the course, I will ask you to write three memos, each approximately one page in length. One memo will be on Karl Marx. The second memo will be on Emile Durkeim. And the final memo is on Max Weber.

Texts

All texts have been ordered through MonkeyWrench Books (110 E. North Loop, Austin, TX 78751; tel. (512) 407-6925)

Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, The Marx-Engels Reader, ed. Robert Tucker, Norton

Emile Durkheim, On Morality and Society, ed. Robert N. Bellah, Chicago

Max Weber, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, Roxbury

Georg Simmel, On Individuality and Social Forms, ed. Donald Levine, Chicago

Sigmund Freud, Civilization and Its Discontents, Norton

Michel Foucault, The Foucault Reader, ed. Paul Rabinow, Pantheon

Jurgen Habermas, Jurgen Habermas on Society and Politics: A Reader, ed. Seidman, Beacon

SOC 379M • Sociological Theory

46290 • Fall 2013
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm CLA 0.128
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Description

The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to some of the more important theoretical foundations of the discipline of sociology and to current debates in modern social theory. The first part of the course covers select classical theorists. The second part provides an introduction to twentieth-century social theory and critical perspectives on the classical foundations of sociology. The third and final part presents a highly influential response to these challenges by a leading sociological theorist of our day. Throughout the course, the main topics of interest are the rise and transformation of modern society, the changing relationship between the individual and social institutions, the role of social structures and agency in social theory, the role of moral and instrumental action in agency theory, the challenge of critical theory to the social sciences, and contemporary attempts at a critical and multidimensional theory of society.

This course challenges students to think theoretically and critically about society and its material and cultural construction. The readings for the course are difficult but not inaccessible. This course will be fruitful if, and only if, students make a serious commitment to do the reading and to attend class. If this commitment is made, the social world might never look and feel quite the same. At least this is my goal and I aim to deliver.

Grading Policy

Three short papers 75%

Three one to two page memos on reading 15%

Class participation 10%

Short papers: Students must write three papers, each approximately five pages in length. One paper is due for each of the three parts of the course.

Memos: For the first part of the course, I will ask you to write three memos, each approximately one page in length. One memo will be on Karl Marx. The second memo will be on Emile Durkeim. And the final memo is on Max Weber.

Texts

All texts have been ordered through MonkeyWrench Books (110 E. North Loop, Austin, TX 78751; tel. (512) 407-6925)

Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, The Marx-Engels Reader, ed. Robert Tucker, Norton

Emile Durkheim, On Morality and Society, ed. Robert N. Bellah, Chicago

Max Weber, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, Roxbury

Georg Simmel, On Individuality and Social Forms, ed. Donald Levine, Chicago

Sigmund Freud, Civilization and Its Discontents, Norton

Michel Foucault, The Foucault Reader, ed. Paul Rabinow, Pantheon

Jurgen Habermas, Jurgen Habermas on Society and Politics: A Reader, ed. Seidman, Beacon

SOC 394K • Sociology Of Culture

46395 • Fall 2013
Meets T 600pm-900pm CLA 0.124
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Course Description

This course focuses on some of the major theoretical paradigms and concepts in contemporary sociological inquiry. Among the theorists whose works we will consider are: Andrew Abbott, Charles Tilly, Pierre Bourdieu, Erving Goffman, James Coleman, Ann Swidler, Randall Collins, Roger Gould, and Michel Foucault.

I will take the form of class discussion; everybody should come having done the readings and be prepared to talk about them.  Each student will write a paper 12-15 pages due at the end of the semester.  Each student will do one presentation.  All readings for this course are on reserve, but the texts can be purchased at the University Coop.

SOC 394K • Contemporary Soc Theory

45970 • Spring 2013
Meets TH 330pm-630pm CLA 1.302A
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This course focuses on some of the major theoretical paradigms and concepts in contemporary sociological inquiry. Among the theorists whose works we will consider are: Andrew Abbott, Charles Tilly, Pierre Bourdieu, Erving Goffman, James Coleman, Ann Swidler, Randall Collins, Roger Gould, and Michel Foucault.

I will take the form of class discussion; everybody should come having done the readings and be prepared to talk about them.  Each student will write a paper 12-15 pages due at the end of the semester.  Each student will do one presentation.  All readings for this course are on reserve, but the texts can be purchased at the University Coop.

SOC 379M • Sociological Theory

45670 • Fall 2012
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm BUR 224
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Description

The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to some of the more important theoretical foundations of the discipline of sociology and to current debates in modern social theory. The first part of the course covers select classical theorists. The second part provides an introduction to twentieth-century social theory and critical perspectives on the classical foundations of sociology. The third and final part presents a highly influential response to these challenges by a leading sociological theorist of our day. Throughout the course, the main topics of interest are the rise and transformation of modern society, the changing relationship between the individual and social institutions, the role of social structures and agency in social theory, the role of moral and instrumental action in agency theory, the challenge of critical theory to the social sciences, and contemporary attempts at a critical and multidimensional theory of society.

This course challenges students to think theoretically and critically about society and its material and cultural construction. The readings for the course are difficult but not inaccessible. This course will be fruitful if, and only if, students make a serious commitment to do the reading and to attend class. If this commitment is made, the social world might never look and feel quite the same. At least this is my goal and I aim to deliver.

Grading Policy

Three short papers 75%

Three one to two page memos on reading 15%

Class participation 10%

Short papers: Students must write three papers, each approximately five pages in length. One paper is due for each of the three parts of the course.

Memos: For the first part of the course, I will ask you to write three memos, each approximately one page in length. One memo will be on Karl Marx. The second memo will be on Emile Durkeim. And the final memo is on Max Weber.

Texts

All texts have been ordered through MonkeyWrench Books (110 E. North Loop, Austin, TX 78751; tel. (512) 407-6925)

Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, The Marx-Engels Reader, ed. Robert Tucker, Norton

Emile Durkheim, On Morality and Society, ed. Robert N. Bellah, Chicago

Max Weber, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, Roxbury

Georg Simmel, On Individuality and Social Forms, ed. Donald Levine, Chicago

Sigmund Freud, Civilization and Its Discontents, Norton

Michel Foucault, The Foucault Reader, ed. Paul Rabinow, Pantheon

Jurgen Habermas, Jurgen Habermas on Society and Politics: A Reader, ed. Seidman, Beacon

SOC 379M • Sociological Theory

45675 • Fall 2012
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm WAG 201
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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 the material.

Texts:

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

Grading and Requirements:

First Exam 30%

Second Exam 40%

Final Exam 30%

SOC 394K • Sociology Of Culture

45765 • Fall 2012
Meets T 600pm-900pm BUR 231
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This course is an overview of some of the major contemporary research in the sociology of culture. Among the themes we will discuss: meaning systems and their transformations; symbolic nature of consumption; relationship between culture and social stratification; cultural bases of power; culture industry; and sociology of the arts.

SOC 379M • Sociological Theory

45670 • Spring 2012
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm BUR 116
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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 the material.

Texts:

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

Grading and Requirements:

First Exam 30%

Second Exam 40%

Final Exam 30%

SOC 379M • Sociological Theory

45490 • Fall 2011
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm BUR 134
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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 the material.

Texts:

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

Grading and Requirements:

First Exam 30%

Second Exam 40%

Final Exam 30%

SOC 379M • Sociological Theory

46215 • Spring 2011
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm BUR 116
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This course focuses on some of the major theoretical paradigms and concepts in sociological inquiry.

SOC 394K • Current Debates

46320 • Spring 2011
Meets TH 300pm-600pm BUR 214
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This course focuses on some of the major theoretical paradigms and concepts in contemporary sociological inquiry. Among the theorists whose works we will consider are: Andrew Abbott, Charles Tilly, Pierre Bourdieu, Erving Goffman, James Coleman, Ann Swidler, Randall Collins, Roger Gould, and Michel Foucault.

I will take the form of class discussion; everybody should come having done the readings and be prepared to talk about them.  Each student will write a paper 12-15 pages due at the end of the semester.  Each student will do one presentation.  All readings for this course are on reserve, but the texts can be purchased at the University Coop.

SOC 379M • Sociological Theory

45660 • Fall 2010
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm BUR 134
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Prerequisite: Upper-division standing, and six semester hours of coursework in sociology or consent of instructor.

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