Sociology (SOCI) 337

Modern Sociological Theory in the 20th Century: The Age of Grand Theory (Revision 6)

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online (with eTextbook)

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, Systems Theory, and Conflict Theory
  • Unit 3: Neo-Marxism
  • Unit 4: Symbolic Interactionism
  • Unit 5: Ethnomethodology
  • Unit 6: Exchange, Network, and Rational-Choice Theories
  • Unit 7: Feminism
  • Unit 8: Theoretical Issues
  • Unit 9: Modernity
  • Unit 10: Post-Colonial and Critical Race Theory
  • Unit 11: Globalization
  • Unit 12: Postmodernity
  • Epilogue: Twenty-First-Century Social Theory


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


Registration in this course includes an electronic textbook. For more information on electronic textbooks, please refer to our eText Initiative site.

Ritzer, George. 2010. Enchanting a Disenchanted World: Continuity and Change in the Cathedrals of Consumption. 3rd ed. Thousand Oaks, CA: Pine Forge Press.

Ritzer, George, and Jeffrey Stepnisky. 2018. Modern Sociological Theory. 8th ed. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

A print version of the eText may be available for purchase from the publisher through a direct-to-student link provided on the course website; you can also acquire the textbook on your own if you wish.


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

Other material

All other course materials, including a Course Information, Study Guide, and required readings, are available online.

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 6, May 13, 2019.

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