Professor Evan Schofer
University of California, Irvine
This course focuses on teaching students how to become theorists, themselves, drawing on selected theoretical traditions that are useful and central to faculty research here at UCI. The course is about how to use, extend, and develop sociological theory that engages with contemporary literatures. In sociology, theory is frequently divorced from the “ordinary” day-to-day work of empirical sociologists, a rarified topic that is addressed by a few specialists in the discipline. Or, it ends up boiling down to a few ritualistic cites to Foucault or Bourdieu in the introduction of a paper. This course focuses on integrating theorization with contemporary empirical research. To accomplish this, the course explores the development of particular sociological perspectives, focusing on how recent scholars have applied, refined, and extended some key theoretical traditions, and/or examining some significant theoretical debates that animate current scholarship.
To access the complete syllabus, please click on the online version of the Contemporary Social Theory syllabus.