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Classical Sociological Theory

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Overview

This Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) will offer the participants an introduction into the most important classical sociological readings between the 18th and 20th century. Highly influential social science scholars, such as Karl Marx, Max Weber and Emile Durkheim, will be discussed during 8 sessions. Combined with small tests, based on the video’s and recommended readings, the participants will be encouraged to dive deeply into the complex texts and get familiar with classical sociological concepts that are still very relevant today.

Taught by

Don Weenink and Bart van Heerikhuizen

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Reviews

4.8 rating, based on 13 reviews

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  • Kamil Trzebiatowski completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

    Great course and the gentleman Professor from the University of Amsterdam made it very accessible. Love that the course has made the entire transcript of the lectures available as a single PDF book! Comte, Marx, Durkheim, Mills... great stuff and delivered in high quality!
    The final exam I found the most difficult as it contains over 80 questions, but overall not that difficult, though you do need a quiet space (so no babies around!) to understand the difficult sociological concepts!
  • Dorothy completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    This course is presented by one of those rare professors who are enthusiastic about their material. He gives an excellent introduction to several classical and contemporary sociologists. I love his style of showing the larger (global) picture, rather than focusing on only a segment of time/geography.
    Highly recommend this course!
  • Dave Rawlings completed this course, spending 6 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

    Overall a good introduction to the earlier sociological thinkers. Clearly presented through videos. There are also readings with the course, and some of them are relatively lengthy - I would guess they took at least half the time I spent on the course. Assessment is through multiple choice quizzes - one each week with about 12 questions, then a final one with 87 questions - more than I've come across before. It is a good course for someone interested in sociology who hasn't studied the subject before.
  • Yechen Huang
    11

    Yechen Huang completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    Great Course to learn Classical Sociological Theory, I took this course as an 'Introduction to Sociology'. The professor did a great job explain classical thinkers' thoughts and ideas. The readings are somewhat a little bit intense. But I feel I have learned a lot of new ideas that reflect on modern Chinese society. Thank you Professor Bart van Heerikhuizen!
  • Enkhnaran completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    Dear Dr. Bart van Heerikhuizen,

    Thank you very much for easy speaking of classical sociology. What are useful and understandable speech for such like me non-native English, poor student in Mongolia. Very interesting lectures about sociologists, excellent reviews about them. Thank you, Let me know next MOOC entitled MODERN SOCIOLOGY . Really really waiting it.
  • Matthew Philip
    10

    Matthew Philip completed this course, spending 7 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    I enjoyed learning about the early development of Sociological Theory. The Prof is a very knowledgeable and enthusiastic instructor. He describes the work of the various people who contributed to the field very carefully and skillfully. The assignments were sometimes a little difficult but manageable.
  • Adam Quek
    5

    Adam Quek completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    This short course provided a good introduction to the important classical sociological thinkers. The lecturer is really inspiring, keeping me motivated to complete the readings after each lecture.
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    Raul Souza
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    Raul Souza is taking this course right now, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.


    I'm really enjoying this course.
    I believe it is a great opportunity for anyone who wants to begin to understand the foundations of sociological thinking
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