Contemporary Sociological Theory (Revision 4)
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|
The final examination for this course must be taken online with an AU approved exam invigilator at an approved invigilation centre. It is your responsibility to ensure your chosen invigilation centre can accommodate online exams. For a list of invigilators that can accommodate online exams, visit the Exam Invigilation Network.
To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.
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.
The course materials include a student manual, study guide and reading file.
The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university level course.
Full information for the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.
To receive credit for the SOCI 337 challenge registration, you must achieve a grade of at least “C-” (60 percent) on the challenge examination. The two parts of the exam must be written on the same day.
Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form
Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.
Opened in Revision 4, August 28, 2009.
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Updated May 26 2016 by Student & Academic Services