Sociology 501

Classical Sociological Theory

Professor Paul Starr

Fall 2009.
Tuesday, 1:30-4:20

Where to find the readings:
= Firestone Reserve/Graduate Reading Room (paper).
= Blackboard E-reserves.
= World Wide Web (click on the link in the syllabus).
For purchase: = Labyrinth


September 22. Social Theory in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries: Precursors and Points of Reference

September 29. De Tocqueville.

October 6. Marx.

October 13. Comte, Spencer, and Marx: Contending visions of a science of society

October 20. Durkheim and his school (1)

October 27. Durkheim and his school (2)

November 10. Weber (1)

November 17. Weber (2)

November 24. Simmel

December 1. Self, Society, and the Civilizing Process

December 8. Capitalism reconsidered

December 15. The theory of action, structural-functionalism, and the course of American sociology

Last modified, July 20, 2009.
Copyright 2009 by Paul Starr.