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Here is the midterm review guide for Social Theory. I encourage you to form study groups and draw on all the course materials-- readings, lecture slides, notes, and this blog-- to study.
Please remember, if you have questions about anything on this guide or trouble understanding the material, come to office hours or make an appointment with us. Please do not ask us to explain things over email, but we are more than happy to talk theory with you in person!
Very Best and Happy Studying,
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Hi 3701 Students!,
As announced in class today, there was a mistake with final exam scheduling on the syllabus. We put it to a vote, and the vast majority of you wanted to take the final on May 2, 2012, which is the last official day of class. So, note the following, please.
Final exam: Scheduled for In-class on Wednesday, May 2nd (last day of SOC 3701)
This means that:
Monday, March 26th - We will drop Exchange and Rationality readings (I will summarize some of the most relevant points in class on March 28th). March 26th we will take the whole class period to watch the film The Trap and have a discussion about it.
Monday April 30th - No film. Read Elias, Bauman, and Latour. There will be a final exam review that day.
Wednesday May 2nd - Drop Wallerstein reading, move Latour reading to Monday, April 30th. We'll take the exam and complete our semester of Theory!
Welcome, 3701 Students!
The course blog is the place where we can establish community outside the classroom, talk theory, and post commentary on the readings-- both to fulfill your blogging credit for your class grade, or just because you want to share your brilliant insights on everything sociological.
I've attached a course syllabus here for download-- in case you need an extra copy.
Please remember the general rules for proceeding (These are also outlined in the syllabus):
Purpose of Our Blog:
Social Theory has a course website which we will integrate actively into our study of our key texts. Students are required to post some commentary on the readings before class, but should also make use of the blog to enter into dialogue outside of the classroom with other students, inspire clarifying conversation, or share insights about any of the theories we cover. The instructor and TA will view the blog regularly, respond to questions or comments, as they arise, and sometimes reference the blog directly in class discussions and activities. The blog will also contain important course information, a copy of the syllabus for download, extra supplementary readings, and copies of the powerpoint lectures made available for download after the class in which the material is covered. The website URL and password for the blog will be sent out directly to students via email this week. Starting with Class #3 (Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels I), students are required to post at least five 500-1000 word short reflection essays on the readings, in response to sets of questions on the blog, before the class in which the readings are due. Students are encouraged to make regular use of the course blog as they carefully digest the week's readings. Whether it be reading other students' work, posting your own commentary, or using the reading questions as reference points-- It is our hope that the blog will help you better understand course concepts. Reading questions on the pieces for each class will be posted one week in advance of when the readings are due-- Even if you don't plan to write a reflection essay, you can still use these questions to guide your study!
***Blogging for Credit: Posting a Reflection Essay***
If you are coming to the blog to complete one of your 5 required reflection posts, make sure you read the points in this section carefully. Remember, that you must complete five 500-1000 word "reflection essays" based on the readings for any five class periods you choose. First, find the category for the class period/readings you want to respond to. Take a look at the first post, which will always be a set of questions to guide your journey through the readings. Your reflection essay must respond to at least one of these questions, but you many respond to more than one if you're feeling ambitious. After you've responded to at least one of the focused questions, you can also wax poetic about any of the concepts in the reading-- tell us what you think, but remember to be analytical, critical, and to use your sociological imagination! We recommend that you write your posts in a word document, then copy and paste them into the entry box to avoid losing work. Make sure you publish this post as a NEW ENTRY (not a comment on someone else's entry) and file it under the correct CATEGORY for the readings you're responding to. (You will see a list of categories on the right hand side of the entry box to click). Title your post so we know it is a post for credit-- For example, "Blog Post #2 - Durkheim II." Once you are done, you can "preview" your entry to see what it will look like on the website. Make sure you "Save" at the end to finish publishing your entry. Finally, make sure you've followed the instructions to change your Blog ID to your FULL NAME. It should not say "posted by x500." We need to see your full name under that post to ensure you get credit!
You must post your reflection essay before the class in which the readings are due to get credit for it.
Instructions for Using the Blog:
From the "front" of the site you can read the work of your fellow students and leave comments on other people's contributions. You cannot, however, create an independent entry. All of your blog-posts-for-credit have to be independent entries, not comments.
Set up Your Nickname:
If you are already registered for the class, you should be entered on the site as an author. All you need to do is set up a "Nickname" in your user profile, so that the "posted by" line under your blog titles shows a real name instead of an x500 ID. From the main menu page (as soon as you have logged into the blogs), click on your ID button at the top right of the page: It should say, "Hi, (your x500 ID)." Click on that! Once inside, in the "Display Name" box, type in your real first name plus an initial if it is a common name. The blog is protected with a password so that people outside the class with Internet access cannot read what you've written.
Post a Blog Entry:
1. Once you've gone to the blog URL, click on "Student Author Sign In" at the top right-hand side of the page, and enter your x500 ID and password.
2. You'll see a list of blogs you are an author on-- make sure you've clicked on the "Social Theory 2012" blog, and then click on the "Create" pull-down menu, and select "Entry."
3. The Title and Category: Under "Categories" on the right of the entry text box, select the appropriate week's reading topics. Note: If you fail to categorize your entry properly, it won't be read! Then give your entry a title, and paste/type your entry into the "Entry Body" box. Do not use the "Extended Entry" box. If you are making a blog post for credit, make sure you title it "Blog Post #2 - Durkheim II" for example, so we know it's a credit post.
4. Check through your entry, scroll either up to the top or down to the bottom of the page and click "Save." If you want to see what the entry looks like before you publish it, click
on "Preview." Remember that you still have to click "Save this entry" afterwards.