This course will introduce students to some of the major contemporary theoretical perspectives in sociology, including: functionalism, conflict theory, symbolic interactionism, identity theory, rational choice theory, and feminist theory. To explore these perspectives, contributions of various theorists will be examined. Capabilities to evaluate sociological theories critically will be developed. An attempt will be made to apply theories to understand current social problems and issues Pakistan and the world are facing.

Course Outline


1.    Neo-structural Functionalists

a.    Talcott Parsons

b.    Robert K. Merton.


2.    Critical Conflict Theory

a.    Thorstein Veblen

b.    Ralf  Dahrendorf

c.     C. Wright Mills


3.    Frankfurt School of Thought

a.    Jurgen Habbermas


4.    Social Behaviourism and Interactionism

a.    Phenomenology (Husserl, Alferd Schutz),

b.    Systematic Social Behaviouism (George Simmel)

c.     Symbolic Interaction ( C.H.Cooly, G.H Mead)


5.    Evolving Contemporary Feminist Theory

a.    Feminism

b.    Historical development

c.     Gender theories.


Recommended Books:

1. Peter mayer, clare bradley, dell steen, tahereh ziaian.  2011. Suicide and society in india:

2. Anthony Elliott . 2010 The Routledge Companion to Social Theory 1st Edition. Routledge. ISBN-13: 978-0415470162

3. Jonathan H. Turner.  2013. Contemporary Sociological Theory SAGE Publications, ISBN-13: 978-1452203447

4. Abrutyn, Seth.  2016. Handbook of Contemporary Sociological Theory. Springers. ISBN 978-3-319-32250-6

5.  Segre, Sandro. 2014. Contemporary Sociological Thinkers and Theories. ISBN: 9780754671817