NYU Steinhardt

Classical Social Theory

  • Course Number: SOED-GE 3030
  • Hours: 30
  • Units: 3
  • Description: Examines major figures in social thought from the 17th to the 20th century. The course includes readings from the traditional canon - Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Marx, Weber, Durkheim, Simmel & Parsons - as well as critics of the canon from black & female writers. Major themes include the legacy of the enlightenment, increased differentiation between social, political & economic spheres, diverse theories of historical change, & how these authors have shaped contemporary theoretical & methodological approaches to contemporary analysis.
  • Old Course Number: E20.3030