ANSO 206 Fall 2012 Social Theory

An introduction to social theory in anthropology and sociology. The course explores both disciplines' stances toward the puzzles of tradition and modernity through the works of major thinkers such as Marx, Weber, Durkheim, Freud, and others. In particular, the course examines ways in which the two disciplines approach the fundamental problems of human experience: how do men and women in different societies and epochs construct and maintain social order? How do they allocate authority, responsibility, and blame, as well as social prestige, power, and material wealth? How do they regulate sexual relationships and organize work? What systems of beliefs and reinforcing symbols do they fashion to come to grips with evil, misfortune, transgression, and mortality? What epistemological frameworks underpin their worlds? What happens when social worlds fall apart? The course also reconstructs the intellectual trajectories and social histories of both disciplines.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: full participation in the seminar, class presentations, several short papers
Additional Info: formerly ANSO 305
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 Society + Culture Electives
Enrollment Limit: 25
Expected Enrollment: 25
Class Number: 1297
ANSO206-01(F) SEM Social Theory Division 2: Social Studies Michael F. Brown
MWF 11:00 AM-12:15 PM Hopkins Hall 002 1297
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