Interdisciplinary Studies

Emergence of Sociological Thought

Sociology 391

A historical and philosophical examination of major figures in social theory during the period when sociology was emerging as a discipline (mid-1800s through early 1900s). Emphasis will be placed on philosophical influences, with special attention to the influence of Kant, Hegel and classical European conservatism. Major figures to be considered will usually include Marx, Durkheim, Weber, George Herbert Mead and Georg Simmel. Other possible figures could include Talcott Parsons and Pitirim Sorokin.