Introduction to Sociological Theory
Understand the basics and importance of sociological theories.
Understanding theories about the social world is the starting point for conducting social research. This course will explain the three primary theory traditions in sociology and how they continue to be in dialogue and tension today. You will also be able to take the Sociology Style tool to see which theory tradition you resonate with most.
Dr. Davis earned his PhD in Sociology at the University of California San Diego (UCSD). He teaches research methodology courses for the sociology departments at San Diego State University as well as UCSD. Davis is the author of a book and multiple articles on higher education, organizations, and work. His Curriculum Vitae and more information can be found at www.danieldavis.net.
PreviewIntroduction to Sociological Theory (5:33)
PreviewSociology Style Tool
StartThe Three Traditions and Their Tasks (4:15)
StartSocial Change: Idealism vs Materialism (3:23)
StartSocial Order: Conflict vs Solidarity (2:27)
StartSocial Knowledge: Interpretivism vs Positivism (3:27)
StartReview the Diagram