Contemporary Sociological Theory

Contemporary Sociological Theory is one of two core courses that starts with the classical period and culminates with this course covering theory in recent times. Contemporary Sociological Theory examines the state of the field in the twentieth century, focusing on theoretical issues and frameworks that have come to define Sociology, its research and methods. It will include consideration of the Parsonian structural functionalism of the 1950s, the critique of Positivism that emerged during the 1960s, and the fragmentation of the field into the many perspectives and approaches there are today.