Modern Social Theory

Schools of Public Engagement: Social Sciences

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Modern Social Theory

Fall 2018

Taught By: Agnes Szanyi

Section: A

CRN: 7211

Credits: 3

What holds societies together? When do they break down and experience conflict? What drives social change? Are there rules that govern human interaction? This course examines some of the ‘big ideas’ in social theory – such as progress, control, social change -, how those ideas came about, and how we can use them to understand concrete social problems. We will review some of the most important classical and contemporary writers on these subjects. We will examine critical theory, microsociological traditions such as symbolic interactionism, feminism, structuralism, and post-structuralism. Theory, in this course is understood as an ongoing conversation—dialogue that builds as it critically engages with historical and contemporary social issues.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Social Sciences (NSOS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment 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: 11:55am 12/12/2018

Meeting Info:

Days: Thursday

Times: 4:00pm - 5:50pm

Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th

Room: 618

Date Range: 8/30/2018 - 12/13/2018