Sociology 15 and 16 both satisfy the theory requirement for sociology majors at Dartmouth. Each course offers a window into some of the major themes and thinkers in the history of social thought, touching on diverse topics from the roots of social and political order, to conflict and inequality, to social networks and processes of human interaction.
Through the critical analysis of original works students will learn:
-how social scientific arguments are constructed and how to evaluate them,
-how theoretical perspectives shape our understanding of contemporary social problems, and
-how the discipline of sociology has developed over time as scholars have examined these issues.