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Course Code

: SOCI 31516

Course Title

: Advanced Sociological Theory


: Core

Course Objective


The objective of this course is to give the students a substantial knowledge in modern sociological theories. This aims at providing student with analytical and critical approach towards sociological issues.

Course Contents       


The Nature of Sociological Theory
The Elements of Theory, Macro, Micro and Meso Theories in Sociology, The Basic Functions of Theory, Theoretical Perspectives in Sociology, The Relationship between Theory and Research, Is a Science of Society Possible, Controversies in Sociological Theorizing.
The Varieties of Evolutionary Theory, Stage Theories, Organic Differentiation Theories, Natural Selection Theories, Idealist Evolution, The Dream of Progress.
Emergence of Functionalism, The Analytical Functionalism of Talcott Parsons, The Empirical Functionalism of Robert K. Merton, The Systems Functionalism of Niklas Luhmann.
Conflict Theory
The Origins of Conflict and Critical Theorizing, The Dialectical Conflict Theory of Ralf Dahrendorf, The Conflict Functionalism of Lewis A, Coser, The Critical Theorizing of Jurgen Habermas.
Exchange Theory
Early Forms of Exchange Theorizing, the Exchange Behaviourism of George C. Homans, The Structural Exchange Theory of Peter M. Blau, The Exchange Network Theory of Richard Emerson.
Interactionist Theory
Early Interactionism and Phenomenology, the Symbolic Interactionism of Herbert Blumer and Manford Kuhn, Structural Role Theory, The Process Role Theory of Ralph H. Turner, The Ethnomethodological Challenge.
Structural Theory
The Origins of Structural Theorizing, The Macrostructuralism of Peter M. Blau, The Microstructuralism of Randall Collins, The Structuration Theory of Anthony Giddens.
Modernism and Postmodernism, The Idea of a Postmodern Social Theory, Pioneer Theorists in Postmodernism, Postmodernism, Politics and Social Theory, Critics of Postmodernism.
A Presentation on Given Topic
This presentation topic should be based on one of classical sociologists or one of their major works. (This presentation aimed at developing comparative and critical skills of the students)



Lectures and Class Room Works.

System of Evaluation


1. Written Paper: 80%

2. One Compulsory Presentation: 20%