HCSOC-306-S2-2019/20 – Sociological Theories II
The course is a follow-up to classical sociological theories. It explores major sociological contributions by contemporary theorists such as George H. Mead, Harold Garfinkel, Erving Goffman, Talcott Parsons, Robert K. Merton, C. Wright Mills, Ralf Dahrendorf, Michel Foucault, Pierre Bourdieu and others. It highlights contemporary trends in major sociological paradigms such as functionalism, conflict, feminism and interpretive (symbolic interactionism, phenomenology and ethnomethodology) theories. More extensively, the course applies these theories to the explanation of some major sociological themes such as social interaction, social Structure, inequality, social change, modernity etc.
Course Guidelines and materials, Open/Close times
The course is an online one that is built on a bi-weekly framework of instructor and students interface including access to virtual pedagogical materials. Notes and class recordings will typically be posted during the week. Assignments may be completed and submitted at any time within the week of that they are due.
All course materials posted including lecture slide and recordings, will remain open throughout the month. In this fashion, students who are unable to attend the lectures for technical or personal reasons, such as unexpected difficulties with information technology, personal or family illness, or the need to become a family caretaker, will have access to all the same class materials as students who attend the lectures.
Weekly Virtual Class Schedule
Week 1: Saturday (5pm-7pm): Structural functionalism, between Parsons and Merton
Week 2: Saturday (5pm-7pm): Conflict theory after Karl Marx
Week 3: Saturday (5pm-7pm): The sociology of elitism
Week 4: Saturday (5pm-7pm): Phenomenological sociology
Week 5: Saturday (5pm-7pm): Understanding symbolic Interactionism
Week 6: Saturday (5pm-7pm): The methods of Harold Garfinkel
Week 7: Saturday ((5pm-7pm): Reinventing feminism in today’s world
Week 8: Saturday (5pm-7pm): Postmodernity and the information society
Hostclass: We will use Hostclass (https://learn.hostclass.net) as a remote classroom response system. You must register and pay an access fee to make use of the Hostclass Virtual Classroom.
Assignments and Examination:
Students will undertake two compulsory virtual assignments in-between the semester and a virtual examination at the end of the semester. Assignments shall be submitted electronically and within the stipulated time. Extension will not be accepted except on some special consideration duly given by the course instructor (Dr. Lasisi Raimi).
The course will be graded on the scale:
- virtual classroom attendance = 5%
- quiz = 15%
- assignment and participation =10%
- shall be based on examination = 70%
- Lectures 8
- Quizzes 0
- Duration 50 hours
- Skill level 300 levels
- Language English
- Students 6
- Assessments Yes
View Course Contents (Lecture Notes and Videos)
- Week 1: Saturday (5pm-7pm): Structural functionalism, between Parsons and Merton
- Week 2: Saturday (5pm-7pm): Conflict theory after Karl Marx
- Week 3: Saturday (5pm-7pm): The sociology of elitism
- Week 4: Saturday (5pm-7pm): Phenomenological sociology
- Week 5: Saturday (5pm-7pm): Understanding symbolic Interactionism
- Week 6: Saturday (5pm-7pm): The methods of Harold Garfinkel
- Week 7: Saturday ((5pm-7pm): Reinventing feminism in today’s world
- Week 8: Saturday (5pm-7pm): Postmodernity and the information society