ANSO 305
Social Theory Fall 2019
Division II

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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” and “culture,” and have these constructions withstood challenges over time? 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.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 15
Class#: 1057
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: full participation in the seminar, regular reading response memos, and three papers
Prerequisites: ANTH 101 or SOC 101 or ANSO 205 or permission of the instructor
Enrollment Preferences: Anthropology and Sociology majors
Unit Notes: AMST Critical and Cultural Theory Electives
Distributions: Division II
Attributes: AMST Critical and Cultural Theory Electives

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