Emma Cook degree icon

Associate Professor

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Research Faculty of Media and Communication, Hokkaido University

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Feel free to contact me at:

cook [at] imc.hokudai.ac.jp




Introduction to Social Theory (社会論I)

Social anthropology and sociology are disciplines that have developed from a long period of thinking about the social in its myriad forms. This course aims to give an introductory overview of the major theories of the social ranging from 19th century thinkers to those of the 21st century, and to explore their relevance in the 21st century.

The 2017 syllabus is available for download here

The 2017 essay questions are available for download here

 

Weekly Schedule (Spring 2017)

Week 1 Introduction: What is Social Theory? (April 12th)

No reading due

Slides

Week 2 Karl Marx (April 19th)

Reading due: Exerts from: Marx, Karl. 1845-6. The German Ideology / Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844

Discussion Question Due

Slides

Week 3 Emile Durkheim (April 26th)

Reading Due: Exerts from The Rules of Sociological Method and The Division of Labor in Society.

(Additional reading for those interested: ‘Religion and Knowledge’ in Thompson, K. 2002. Emile Durkheim. Routledge Key Sociologists Series. Pp. 98-117)

Discussion Question Due

Slides

Week 4 Max Weber (May 10th)

Reading Due: Exert from ‘The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism’  Pp. 167-181

Discussion Question Due

Slides

Week 5 Structuralism and Structural Functionalism (May 17th)

Reading due: Exerts: Parson, T. Categories of the Orientation and Organization of Action,’ and ‘Sex Roles in the American Kinship System

Discussion Question Due

Slides

Week 6 Critical Theory and the Frankfurt School (May 24th)

Reading due: Exerts from: Horkheimer’s ‘Eclipse of Reason’ and Adorno’s ‘The Culture Industry Revisited

Discussion Question Due

Slides

Week 7  Exchange, Networks and Rational Choice Theory (May 31st)

Reading Due: Exert from Homan’s ‘Social Behavior as Exchange’ and Blau’s ‘Exchange and Power in Social Life Read pages: 128-136 and 143-153

Discussion Question Due

Slides

Week 8 Symbolic Interactionism (June 7th)

Reading due: Exerts from Goffman. The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life’ and ‘Asylums

Discussion Question Due

Slides

Week 9 Phenomenology (June 14th)

Reading due: Exerts: Berger and Luckman’s ‘The Social Construction of Reality’ Read pages: 284-296

If you have time, please also try the exert from Schutz’s ‘The Phenomenology of the Social World’. Pages: 270-277

Discussion Question Due

Slides

Week 10  Essay Preparation (June 21st)

No reading due

Week 11 Feminist Theories (June 28th)

Reading due: Exert: Collins, Patricia. 1990. Black Feminist Thought.

Discussion Question Due

Slides

Week 12 Michel Foucault (July 5th)

Reading due: Exert from Foucault’s Discipline and Punish

Discussion Question Due

Slides

Week 13 Pierre Bourdieu (July 12th)

Reading due: Exert from Bourdieu’s Social Space and the Genesis of Groups,’ and ‘Outline of a Sociological Theory of Art Perception

Discussion Question Due

Slides

Week 14 Globalization (July 19th)

Reading due: Ritzer’s Rethinking Globalization

Discussion Question Due

Slides

Week 15 Reflections and Discussion (July 26th)

No reading due

Essay due by 12 p.m. (midday) by email.

 

 

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Karl Marx (1818-1883)