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Department of Sociology & Criminal Justice

Sociology 302 Instructor: Michael W. Hughey

Sociological Theory email: hughey@mnstate.edu

Emile Durkheim, Emile Durkheim: On Morality and Society. Edited by Robert N. Bellah.

Karl Marx, The Marx-Engels Reader, edited by Robert C. Tucker.

Max Weber, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism.

Thorstein Veblen, possibly some selected readings as assigned

This course will explore some of the major questions raised by classical sociological theorists and examine how they attempted to systematically answer them. Areas of inquiry likely to be dealt with include:
Epistemology: approaches to the understanding of the social world

The problem of social order: How is society possible? What accounts for social stability?

The problem of social change: How and why is order disrupted?

The origins, nature, and consequences of capitalism

The relationship between the individual and society

The sources, nature, and consequences of "modernity"

The sociology of knowledge: How do we know what we know?

Social psychology: Why and how are we who we are?


This is obviously not an exhaustive list of readings, but it does his some of the high points of classical sociological theory.

Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism

On Violence

Emile Durkheim, The Division of Labor in Society

Rules of the Sociological Method


Professional Ethics and Civic Morals

Sociology and Philosophy

The Elementary Forms of the Religious Life

Emile Durkheim & Marcel Mauss Primitive Classification

Alvin Gouldner The Coming Crisis of Western Sociology

Otto Kirchheimer Political Justice

Karl Mannheim, Ideology and Utopia

Karl Marx, Capital (3 volumes)

The German Ideology

The Communist Manifesto

On Religion

A Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy

The Grundrisse

Writings of the Young Marx on Philosophy and Society

Pre-Capitalist Economic Formations

Marcel Mauss, The Gift

Robert Michels, Political Parties

Barrington Moore, The Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy

Friedrich Neitzche, Beyond Good and Evil

The Geneology of Morals

Franz Neumann, The Democratic and the Authoritarian State

Frank Parkin, Marxism and Class Theory

Karl Polanyi, The Great Transformation

Alfred Schutz, On Phenomenology and Social Relations

The Phenomenology of the Social World

Georg Simmel, On Women, Sexuality, and Love

On Individuality and Social Forms

The Sociology of Georg Simmel

Conflict and the Web of Group Affiliation

Philosophy of Money

Hans Speier, Social Order and the Risks of War

Force and Folly

Alexis de Tocqueville Democracy in America (2 volumes)

The Ancient Regime

Thorstein Veblen, The Instinct of Workmanship

The Theory of the Business Enterprise

The Theory of the Leisure Class

Absentee Ownership

Marx, Race, Science and Economics

Max Weber, Economy and Society (3 volumes)

From Max Weber (edited by Gerth and Mills)

The Methodology of the Social Sciences

The Religion of China

The Religion of India

Ancient Judaism

General Economic History

On Law in Economy and Society

The Theory of Social and Economic Organization

The Agrarian Economy of Ancient Civilization

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