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Social Theory Syllabus
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social theory
sociological theory

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Morrison, Daniel. 2024. “Social Theory Syllabus”. TRAILS: Teaching Resources and Innovations Library for Sociology, January. Washington DC: American Sociological Association.


Syllabus for course in Social Theory, which includes authors solidly within the sociological canon and beyond. Students are required to complete either a semester paper explaining why a social problem exists using social theory, or to create an independent, "free range" project such as an imagined dialogue between two or more theorists, a mixtape, or...

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Subject Area(s):
Resource Type(s):
Class Level(s):
College 300, College 400
Class Size(s):
Medium, Small

Usage Notes

Often used in classes with fewer than 20 students. I find that very few select the "free range" assignment option. 

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Learning Goals and Assessments

Learning Goal(s):

  1. Identify and appropriately compare and contrast different theoretical traditions
  2. Demonstrate competence in reading social theory
  3. Apply social theory to empirical evidence and real world situations
  4. Compare the theories in terms of their capacity to explain the data
  5. Write about social theory within the styles and norms of sociology

Goal Assessment(s):

  1. Engagement, reflection, in-class assignments
  2. Social notetaking using Perusall
  3. Writing memos in support of a final paper
  4. Final paper focused on a literature review of a social problem or other creative project

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