ANSO 305 Fall 2014 Social Theory

An introduction to social theory in anthropology and sociology, with strong emphasis on enduring themes that cut across disciplinary divides. What is modern about modern social theory? How do social thinkers construe "society"? How and why does "society" become an object of reflection and intervention by anthropologists and sociologists? Do society and culture have organizing rules? What role does human agency play in the unfolding of social life, and where does that sense of agency come from in the first place? What are the forces that animate social interaction on the level of individuals, social groups and complex units like nation states? What are the possibilities and limits of systematic approaches to the study of human social experience? The course emphasizes major differences between interpretive frameworks as well as the common elements that contribute to a deeper understanding of the social world.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: full participation in the seminar, several short papers and a take-home final
Additional Info: formerly ANSO 206
Additional Info2: not available for the Gaudino option
Prerequisites: ANTH 101 or SOC 101 or ANSO 205 or permission of the instructor
Enrollment Preference: Anthropology and Sociology majors
Department Notes: AMST Critical and Cultural Theory Electives
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Divisional Attributes: Division II
Other Attributes: AMST Critical and Cultural Theory Electives, ENVP SC-B Group Electives
Enrollment Limit: 25
Expected Enrollment: 15
Class Number: 1150
ANSO 305 - 01 (F) SEM Social Theory Division 2: Social Studies Olga Shevchenko
MR 2:35 PM-3:50 PM Hollander 140 1150
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