ANSO 206
Social Theory Fall 2012
Division II
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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.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 25
Expected: 25
Class#: 1297
Grading: yes pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: full participation in the seminar, class presentations, several short papers
Extra Info: formerly ANSO 305
Extra Info 2: not available for the Gaudino option
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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