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Cornell University    
 
    
 
  Nov 23, 2017
 
Courses of Study 2016-2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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SOC 3190 - Contemporary Sociological Theory


(SBA-AS)      
Spring. 4 credits.

D. Strang.

Introduction to the main ideas and lines of research in contemporary sociology, from the emergence of the field in the American academy to the present. We read the work of seminal theorists and researchers such as Robert Merton, Erving Goffman, James Coleman, Harrison White, and Theda Skocpol. Topics include the development of distinctive lines of argument in areas like the study of the face-to-face group, the modern organization, social movements and social revolutions, inequality, and social mobility. The course considers the relationship between intellectual challenges, techniques of social inquiry, and the social context within which ideas are put forward and take hold.



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