C. Wright Mills describes the sociological imagination as a “quality of mind” that enables one to view the relations between “history and biography” within society. The core work of sociology is to identify ways in which one’s own seemingly unique “personal troubles” are in fact connected to larger “public issues.” In this course students will work on developing and refining their own sociological imaginations. Through the examination of texts by Mills, Marx, Durkheim, Parsons, Weber, DuBois, Goffman, Bourdieu, and others, students will become familiar with the dominant theoretical frameworks of sociology. We will pair our analyses of these authors with more recent texts by contemporary sociologists working within these theoretical traditions. Students will apply theoretical and methodological approaches throughout the term in interactive and collaborative exercises.