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230011 UE Theoretical Foundations ("Reading Classics of Sociology") (2019W)

4.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 23 - Soziologie
Continuous assessment of course work

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max. 40 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Monday 07.10. 11:30 - 13:00 Inst. f. Soziologie, Seminarraum 3, Rooseveltplatz 2, 1.Stock
Monday 14.10. 11:30 - 13:00 Inst. f. Soziologie, Seminarraum 3, Rooseveltplatz 2, 1.Stock
Monday 21.10. 11:30 - 13:00 Inst. f. Soziologie, Seminarraum 3, Rooseveltplatz 2, 1.Stock
Monday 28.10. 11:30 - 13:00 Inst. f. Soziologie, Seminarraum 3, Rooseveltplatz 2, 1.Stock
Monday 04.11. 11:30 - 13:00 Inst. f. Soziologie, Seminarraum 3, Rooseveltplatz 2, 1.Stock
Monday 11.11. 11:30 - 13:00 Inst. f. Soziologie, Seminarraum 3, Rooseveltplatz 2, 1.Stock
Monday 25.11. 11:30 - 13:00 Inst. f. Soziologie, Seminarraum 3, Rooseveltplatz 2, 1.Stock
Monday 02.12. 11:30 - 13:00 Inst. f. Soziologie, Seminarraum 3, Rooseveltplatz 2, 1.Stock
Monday 09.12. 11:30 - 13:00 Inst. f. Soziologie, Seminarraum 3, Rooseveltplatz 2, 1.Stock
Monday 16.12. 11:30 - 13:00 Inst. f. Soziologie, Seminarraum 3, Rooseveltplatz 2, 1.Stock
Monday 13.01. 11:30 - 13:00 Inst. f. Soziologie, Seminarraum 3, Rooseveltplatz 2, 1.Stock
Monday 20.01. 11:30 - 13:00 Inst. f. Soziologie, Seminarraum 3, Rooseveltplatz 2, 1.Stock
Monday 27.01. 11:30 - 13:00 Inst. f. Soziologie, Seminarraum 3, Rooseveltplatz 2, 1.Stock

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Aims, contents and method of the course

In this course, we will read classic sociological texts, bearing in mind that "classic" does not necessarily mean “old”. We will start with the acknowledged classics like Max Weber and Georg Simmel but we should also arrive at Derrida, Baudrillard and other more or less contemporary thinkers. The reading will be focused on one common topic: western modernity. We will discuss modernity, the (arguably) still present condition in which we live, in its most important aspects and effects, including power, organisation, institutions and modern identities. After finishing the course successfully, students will be able to critically discuss the long-term developments and short-term changes in our societies and they will have a basic set of theoretical vocabulary with which they can analyse these changes and seek further understanding of them.

Assessment and permitted materials

There is compulsory attendance at this seminar. Students are expected to read the prescribed texts and participate in seminar discussions. A series of written assignments must be handed in.

Note: Attendance at the first meeting (7.10.) is compulsory. If you fail to turn up without a proper excuse, you will be de-registered from the course.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

To pass the course successfully, students must attend every class. Two absences are tolerated. Reading compulsory texts and active participation in class discussions is required. Throughout the semester, students will submit 3 written assignments ("homeworks"). In each homework, they will work with the compulsory texts and refer to them. Failure to meet these criteria may result in de-registration from the course.

The final grade will be based on active participation in class (20% of the grade) and the quality of the written assignments (80%).

Examination topics

Reading list

Excerpts from the following books and papers will be used in the seminar:

Appelrouth, S. & Desfor Edles, L. 2012. Classical and Contemporary Sociological Theory. Thousand Oaks: Sage.
Berger, P. & Luckmann, T. 1966. The social construction of reality: a treatise on the sociology of knowledge. New York: Doubleday.
Bourdieu, P. 1996. Distinction. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
Bourdieu, P. 1994. Re-thinking the state. Sociological Theory 12(1): 1-18.
Foucault, M. 1977. Discipline and punish. New York: Vintage Books.
Merton, R. 1968. Social theory and social structure. New York: The Free Press.
Ritzer, G. 2011. Sociological theory. New York: McGraw-Hill.
Simmel, G. 1950. The sociology of Georg Simmel. New York: Simon and Schuster.
Simmel, G. 1991. Money in modern culture. Theory, culture and society 8: 17-31.

Association in the course directory

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