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    William Paterson University
   
 
  Oct 19, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Undergrad Catalog

SOC 2130 Sociological Theory


This course introduces students to the major theories and theorists in sociology through all historical periods. After an introductory consideration of the scientific method and its application to the study of human social life, it examines the principal categories of theory developed by sociologists. In addition to exploring the distinctive characteristics of each theoretical strategy, the course addresses such important issues as the relationship between theory and empirical research, the changing character of sociological theory over time, and the nature of theoretical controversies and debates in the field. Since this is a Writing Intensive course, students will engage in writing both as a means to learn sociological theories and as a way to develop proficiency in conventional styles of sociological writing. Course offered Fall and Spring Semesters. Prerequisite(s): SOC 1010 
Credits: 3.0