DSOC 7001

DSOC 7001

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2018-2019.

The idea of modernity, as a postulated relationship between social change and institutional form, and as a conceptual schema for making sense of large-scale social transformations, constitutes the primary object of inquiry of classical social theory. Conceived as a uniquely European phenomenon that spread to the rest of the world through the impact of colonial empires and the world market, it also supplies the normative frameworks for many contemporary theories of development. This conception of modernity, and the meta-theories that legitimate it, has been the subject of increasingly heated scholarly controversy. In this course, we explore some of the critical debates that animate this field of historical sociology, alternating our focus between contrasting studies of the institutional dynamics of modernity and critical reflections on how these studies are shaped by the adoption of particular epistemologies.

When Offered Spring.

Permission Note Enrollment limited to: graduate students.

Distribution Category (HA-AG, KCM-AG)

  • Discuss the critical debates regarding the idea of modernity.

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 3 Credits Graded

  • 17567 DSOC 7001   SEM 001