Foundations of Modern Social Theory

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Description

This course provides an overview of major works of social thought from the beginning of the modern era through the 1920s. Attention is paid to social and intellectual contexts, conceptual frameworks and methods, and contributions to contemporary social analysis. Writers include Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Montesquieu, Adam Smith, Marx, Weber, and Durkheim.

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What you'll learn on the course

Hobbes
Mill
Smith
Marx
Freud

Course programme

Lecture 1IntroductionLecture 2Hobbes: Authority, Human Rights and Social OrderLecture 3Locke: Equality, Freedom, Property and the Right to DissentLecture 4Montesquieu: The Division of PowersLecture 5Rousseau: Popular Sovereignty and General WillLecture 6Rousseau on State of Nature and EducationLecture 7Mill: Utilitarianism and LibertyLecture 8Smith: The Invisible HandLecture 9Marx's Theory of AlienationLecture 10Marx's Theory of Historical MaterialismLecture 11Marx's Theory of Historical Materialism (cont.)Lecture 12Marx's Theory of HistoryLecture 13Marx's Theory of Class and ExploitationLecture 14Nietzsche on Power, Knowledge and MoralityLecture 15Freud on Sexuality and CivilizationLecture 16Weber on Protestantism and CapitalismLecture 17Conceptual Foundations of Weber's Theory of DominationLecture 18Weber on Traditional AuthorityLecture 19Weber on Charismatic AuthorityLecture 20Weber on Legal-Rational AuthorityLecture 21Weber's Theory of ClassLecture 22Durkheim and Types of Social SolidarityLecture 23Durkheim's Theory of AnomieLecture 24Durkheim on SuicideLecture 25Durkheim and Social Facts