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Course Details

Course Code: SOCI305 Course ID: 4199 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course offers a general survey of recent developments in social theory since the 1960’s. It covers a variety of theories that have been or are influential in the social sciences. Focus will be directed towards both those social theories that have sought to understand modernity as a social epoch and those that claim we have entered a new postmodern era. Differences between European and American approaches will be considered as the substance of the course is developed.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
12/28/20 - 06/04/21 06/07/21 - 08/01/21 Spring 2021 Session D 8 Week session
01/25/21 - 07/02/21 07/05/21 - 08/29/21 Summer 2021 Session B 8 Week session
02/22/21 - 07/30/21 08/02/21 - 09/26/21 Summer 2021 Session I 8 Week session
03/29/21 - 09/03/21 09/06/21 - 10/31/21 Summer 2021 Session D 8 Week session
04/26/21 - 10/01/21 10/04/21 - 11/28/21 Fall 2021 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

By the end of the course, students will be able to:
CO1: Define sociological theory.
CO2: Identify and discuss the major social issues that influenced the development of sociological theory.
CO3: Identify major bodies of theoretical work in contemporary sociology and the theorists associated with them.
CO4: Analyze important developments in sociological theory, including developments in European sociological theory that influenced the growth of theory in the United States.
CO5: Summarize historical theories and the manner in which their work continues to hold relevance.


Participation in classroom dialogue on threaded Forums is required in some weeks. Forums are found in the Forums tab in the classroom. Initial posts must demonstrate comprehension of the course materials, the ability to apply that knowledge in the real world. Learners will engage with the instructor and peers throughout the learning week. Initial Forum posts are due Thursdays, peer responses are due Sundays. To motivate engaged discussion, posts are expected to be on time with regular interaction throughout the week. All posts should demonstrate college level writing skills. To promote vibrant discussion as we would in a face to face classroom, formatted citations and references are not required. Quotes should not be used at all, or used sparingly. If you quote a source quotation marks should be used and an APA formatted citation and reference provided. Specific instructions and the grading rubric are located on each Forum.

This course includes Assignments. Instructions and specific grading rubrics are found under the Assignments tab in our classroom.

Extra Credit:

Extra credit is not offered in this course.

NameGrade %
Forums 35.00 %
Week 1 Forum 4.38 %
Week 2 Forum 4.38 %
Week 3 Forum 4.38 %
Week 4 Forum 4.38 %
Week 5 Forum 4.38 %
Week 6 Forum 4.38 %
Week 7 Forum 4.38 %
Week 8 Forum 4.38 %
Essays 65.00 %
Essay 1 21.67 %
Essay 2 21.67 %
Essay 3 21.67 %
Book Title: Contemporary Sociological Thinkers and Theories 1st ed - e-book available in the APUS Online Library; link also provided in the classroom Lessons section.
Author: Segre, Sandro
Publication Info:
ISBN: 9780754671817
Book Title: Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*
Publication Info:

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*
Book Title:Contemporary Sociological Thinkers and Theories 1st ed - e-book available in the APUS Online Library
Author:Segre, Sandro
Unit Cost:$134.17

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.