Dorothy Smith claims that our knowledge of the world is dependent on our particular social
location (our standpoint) in the world. Explain Smith’s standpoint theory and describe how your own particular social location influences your taken-for-granted knowledge of the social world.
|Course Objective One||Define sociological theory.|
|Course Objective Three||Identify major bodies of theoretical work in contemporary sociology and the theorists associated with them.|
|Course Objective Four||Analyze important developments in sociological theory, including developments in European sociological theory that influenced the growth of theory in the United States.|
Sociology lives when we engage it – we read about it, we discuss it, we debate it, we frame our research questions with it, we put it to the test of empiricism, and every once in a while we build it ourselves. Therefore, the success of this course depends on all of us thoroughly engaging it. One of the most important parts of the course will be the discussions and debates we participate in, in our Forum. These discussions need to be informed by thorough reading of the assigned texts.
Each week, learners will post one initial post per week. This post must demonstrate comprehension of the course materials, the ability to apply that knowledge in the real world, active presence. Learners will engage with the instructor and peers through rich responses to their posts. To motivate engaged discussion, posts are expected to be on time with regular interaction throughout the week. All posts should demonstrate college level writing skills. To promote vibrant discussion as we would in a face to face classroom, formatted citations and references are not required. Quotes should not be used at all, or used sparingly. If you quote a source quotation marks should be used and an APA formatted citation and reference provided.
Sociological Theory in the Contemporary Era: Text and Readings Appelrouth, S., & Edles, L. D.