ISF 100 A Introduction to Social Theory and Cultural Analysis
- day and time MTWTH 1-3PM
- location CORY 241
- instructor QUAMRUZZAMAN
- 4 Units
- Class # 12217
ISF 100A engages and analyzes the selected foundational texts of social theory from its classical roots to its contemporary branches. Social theory seeks to explain change in society, how it develops, what factors facilitate and inhibit it, and what results from it. Looking at foundational texts across disciplines, we will consider the principal ideas offered by leading theorists of the last two centuries and how those ideas relate to the social and intellectual contexts in which they were produced. More importantly, we will consider their relevance for ongoing issues we face today.
Through an examination of works of the classical roots, by Marx, Weber, Durkheim, and Simmel, and of the contemporary branches, by Walter Benjamin, Pierre Bourdieu, Edward Said, Herbert Marcuse, and David Harvey, we will explore central issues in contemporary debates concerning the nature of the socio-economic order, the modalities of power, and the process of cultural production. We will examine selected original sources in depth. In addition, we will explore some reflections, elaborations and criticisms of this work in the context of significant contemporary issues.