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Week 7: Michel Foucault
Discussion of “History of Sexuality” and “Discipline and Punish”
Week 6: Pierre Bourdieu
In this episode we discuss excerpts from "Distinction" and "The Forms of Capital" as well as key concepts including Cultural Capital, Habitus, and Symbolic Violence.
Week 5: W.E.B. DuBois
This episode discusses DuBois’s life and work, his theoretical and methodological innovations in sociology, and two of this important texts: “Black Reconstruction in America 1860-1880” and “The Souls of Black Folk.”
Week 4: Max Weber and Rationalization
In this episode we’ll dive into Weber’s classic texts “Bureaucracy” and “The Types of Legitimate Domination” as well as into our own pantry cupboards to talk about Weber’s theory of rationalization.
Week 3: Emile Durkheim
This week we’ll move from conflict theory to functionalism as we discuss two works by French Sociologist Emile Durkheim. In Part 1 we’ll talk about “The Division of Labor in Society” and in Part 2 we’ll discuss “The Elementary Forms of the Religious Life.”
Sociological Theory Week 2: The Later Marx
A bit of context and some key concepts from Marx’s mature theory of political economy. Part 1 briefly covers 1850s London and Marx's life there as well as the Preface to the Critique of Political Economy, 1859. Part 2 covers Ch.1 of Capital Vol. 1. A slideshow to accompany this episode can be found on your Learn page.