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Sociology (SOCI) 337
Contemporary Sociological Theory (Revision 3)

Revision 3 closed, replaced by current version.

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Delivery mode: Individualized study.

Credits: 3 - Social Science

Prerequisite: SOCI 287 or SOCI 288 is strongly recommended.

Precluded course: None

Centre: Centre for Global and Social Analysis

SOCI 337 has a Challenge for Credit option.


SOCI 337 is designed for students who have already taken introductory courses in sociology and who are, therefore, familiar with some of the basic concepts and methods of sociology. This course introduces students to a range of different theoretical perspectives that have together influenced the development of modern sociology.


Unit 1: Historical Background

Unit 2: Functionalism

Unit 3: Conflict Theory

Unit 4: Neo-Marxism

Unit 5: Systems Theory

Unit 6: Symbolic Interactionism

Unit 7: Ethnomethodology

Unit 8: Positivist Theory

Unit 9: Feminism

Unit 10: Theoretical Issues

Unit 11: Modernity

Unit 12: Postmodernism


To receive credit for SOCI 337, students must achieve a course composite grade of at least "D" (50 percent) and a grade of at least 60 percent on the final examination. The weighting of the composite grade is as follows:

3 Written Assignments (20% each) Mid-course Test Final Exam Total
60% 10% 30% 100%

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


Goffman, Erving. 1959. The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life. New York: Doubleday.

Ritzer, George, 2005. Enchanting a Disenchanted World: Revolutionizing the Means of Consumption. 2nd ed. Thousand Oaks, CA: Pine Forge Press.

Ritzer, George, 2008, Modern Sociological Theory. 7th edition. Boston.

Other material

The course materials include a student manual, study guide and reading file.