430 – Max Weber and Emil Durkheim: What Sociology Has To Say About Social Order

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Term: January 17 – February 14
Class Time: Tuesdays, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET
Credits: For-credit and Not-for-credit
Instructor: Dr. Beau Weston

The founding fathers of sociology differed in whether society was fundamentally like a war of opposing elements, or like an organism with interdependent parts.  We will consider the most famous work of each author, Weber’s The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism and Durkheim’s The Elementary Forms of the Religious Life.