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SOC302 : Sociological Theories

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Dr. Muhammad Anwar
Ph. D.Sociology of Education and Education Planning
University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada

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What is Theory?  Components of Theory, Process of Theorizing, Social Context of theorizing, Knowledge Theory and Research, Linking Theory and Research, Role of Research, What is Sociological Theory? What is Social Thought? Social Thought and Sociological Theory Connection, Early Origins of Sociological Theory: Different Forces, Social and Intellectual Background: Rational Society , Societal Development: An Evolutionary Approach, Confronting the Non-Rational Aspect of Society , Non-Rational Constraints in Positivistic Environment, Urbanization as a Social Force, Religious Change as a Social Force, Growth of Enlightenment, The Development of Sociology: French Sociology; Alexis de Tocqueville (1805–1859)  Claude Henri Saint-Simon (1760–1825)  Auguste Comte (1798–1857) Emile Durkheim (1858–1917)  German Sociology: Karl Marx (1818–1883) Max Weber (1864-1920) Georg Simmel (1858-1918)    British sociology: Herbert Spencer (1820-1930) Herbert Spencer Vilfredo Pareto (1848-1923): Theory of Social Change, American Sociology: George Herbet Mead (1863-1931)Talcott Parsons (1902-79) Robert K. Merton (1910-2003) Charles H. Cooley I (1864-1929)  C. Wright Mills (1916-1929) Sociological Imagination C. Wright Mills (continued): The Power Elite  George C. Homans (1910-1989): Rational Choice and Social Exchange     Peter M. Blau (1918-2002)Dorthy E. Smith (1987 -)    Patricia Hill Collins (1948-)Classical and Contemporary Sociological Theory: How Distinguishable?The Classical Foundation of Sociological Theory, The Contemporary Sociological Theory ,Classical Sociological Theorists: Emile Durkheim (1838-1917)