Contemporary Sociological Theory

New School for Social Research: Sociology

Liberal Arts

Graduate Course

Majors Only


Spring 2021

Taught By: Benoit Challand

Section: A

CRN: 2576

Credits: 3

This course introduces students to key thinkers and debates of contemporary sociology. The first part of the course will be dedicated to theorists of the 20th century, covering concepts of time, network, emotion, interaction, function, interpretation, communication, power, as well as critical race and postcolonial theory. The second part of the course involves in-depth discussions of recently published books in sociology on topics such as eviction, income inequality, climate change, the student debt crisis, social media’s influence on politics and everyday life, and the challenges of balancing parenthood with work. Overall, the course equips students with the ability to critically analyze contemporary sociological texts with a particular focus on how these texts apply theoretical frameworks to pressing issues of our time.

College: New School for Social Research (GF)

Department: Sociology (GSOC)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Sync Type: N/A

Course Format: Lecture (L)

Max Enrollment: 20

Add/Drop Deadline: February 7, 2021 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: May 10, 2021 (Monday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

* Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 1:20pm 10/31/2020 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday

Times: 4:00pm - 5:50pm

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 1/25/2021 - 5/10/2021