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Course Code

: SOCI 21516

Course Title

: Classical Sociological Theory


: Core

Course Objective


The objective of this course is to develop substantial knowledge on the classical theorists who established basic theories on human society. This knowledge will help to grasp the new theories of human society.

Course Contents       


Introduction to Sociological Theory
What is Sociological Theory, The Elements of Theory, Types of Theory, The Basic Functions of Theory, The Relationship between Theory and Research, Is a Science of Society Possible.
Development of Sociological Thought
A Brief Introduction of Asian, Greek and Roman, German, French and British Social Thought.
Auguste Comte
The Academic Life of Comte, Major Works of Comte, Origin of Sociology, Law of Three Stages, Social Statics and Social Dynamic, Religion of Humanity.
Herbert Spencer
The Academic Life of Spencer, Major Works of Spencer, The Law of Evolution, The Organic Analogy and Functionalism.
Emile Durkheim
The Academic Life of Durkheim, Major Works of Durkheim, The Division of Labour in Society, The Concepts of Solidarity, The Social Facts as Key Elements of Sociological Theory, Durkheim’s Contribution on Functionalism, Durkheim’s View on Religion, Theory of Suicide.
Karl Marx
The Academic Life of Marx, Major Works of Marx, The Theory of Economic Determinism, Stages in the Evolution of Society and Development of Social Classes, The Theory of Surplus Value, Class Solidarity and Antagonism, Revolution, Marx’s View of Religion and Alienation.
Max Weber
The Academic Life of Weber, Major Works of Weber, Protestant Ethics and Capitalism, Bureaucracy, Authority and Power, Weber’s View of Social Stratification, Positivistic Strains in Weber’s thought.



Lectures and Class Room Works.

System of Evaluation


1. Written Paper: 80%

2. One Compulsory Presentation: 20%