This course introduces contemporary social theories. The major social paradigms, including structural-functionalism, conflict theory, symbolic interactionism, ethnomethodology, critical theory, feminist, and postmodern theories, southern the theory will be discussed in some detail.

(1)   Introduction: A map of Social Theories- 1000 to 2019 ([*]L)

What is a theory (D) 

(2)   Structural-Functionalism: Talcott Parson (L)

Robert K Merton (D)

(3)  Neo-Marxism, including Critical Theory:  Jurgen Habermas (L)

     Herbert Marcuse (D) 

(4)   Symbolic Interactionism (including Erving Goffman) (L)

“The Microsociology of Everyday Life”, (D) 

(5)  Phenomenology: Schutz, Alfred (1963).(L)
“Common Sense and Scientific Interpretation of Human Action” (D)

 (6)   Ethnomethodology (L) -Alfred Schutz

                                                 -Harold Garfinkel

“The Microsociology of Everyday Life (D) 

 (7) Feminist Theory: (L)

            -Dorothy Smith (D)

(8) From Modern to Postmodern Social Theory:

Post-post modern social theory Ken Wilber (Group Work)

(9) Southern Theory (L)

Macro-Micro Integration: (D) 

(10) Synthesis and Review


[*] L for lecture

   D for discussion

 


This course introduces contemporary social theories. The major social paradigms, including structural-functionalism, conflict theory, symbolic interactionism, ethnomethodology, critical theory, feminist, and postmodern theories, southern the theory will be discussed in some detail.

(1)   Introduction: A map of Social Theories- 1000 to 2019 ([*]L)

What is a theory (D) 

(2)   Structural-Functionalism: Talcott Parson (L)

Robert K Merton (D)

(3)  Neo-Marxism, including Critical Theory:  Jurgen Habermas (L)

     Herbert Marcuse (D) 

(4)   Symbolic Interactionism (including Erving Goffman) (L)

“The Microsociology of Everyday Life”, (D) 

(5)  Phenomenology: Schutz, Alfred (1963).(L)
“Common Sense and Scientific Interpretation of Human Action” (D)

 (6)   Ethnomethodology (L) -Alfred Schutz

                                                 -Harold Garfinkel

“The Microsociology of Everyday Life (D) 

 (7) Feminist Theory: (L)

            -Dorothy Smith (D)

(8) From Modern to Postmodern Social Theory:

Post-post modern social theory Ken Wilber (Group Work)

(9) Southern Theory (L)

Macro-Micro Integration: (D) 

(10) Synthesis and Review


[*] L for lecture

   D for discussion


Aim(s) :

The primary aim of this course is to provide students with the conceptual knowledge about social research and to help students develop research skills through its focus on writing research proposals.

Intended Learning outcomes On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

·         Identify and create the key components of a research proposal

·         Demonstrate the ability to conduct literature reviews and gather the critical scientific information related to the research proposal

·         Demonstrate writing and presenting skills by writing, a clear, concise research proposal with scientifically defensible aims, methods and conclusions.