Sociology (SOCI) 337

Contemporary Sociological Theory (Revision 5)

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Social Science

Prerequisite: SOCI 287 or SOCI 288 is strongly recommended.

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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SOCI 337 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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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:

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

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 who can accommodate online exams, visit the Exam Invigilation Network.

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, 2009. Enchanting a Disenchanted World: Revolutionizing the Means of Consumption. 3rd 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.

Challenge for Credit Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows you to demonstrate that you 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 about Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

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 5, January 26, 2018.

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