MINNESOTA STATE UNIVERSITY MOORHEAD
Department of Sociology & Criminal Justice
Sociology 302 Instructor: Michael W. Hughey
Sociological Theory email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
A Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy
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
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
General Economic History
On Law in Economy and Society
The Theory of Social and Economic Organization
The Agrarian Economy of Ancient Civilization