History of Social Theories

Degree Program: Social Administration(5th semester -elective)

Degree Program: Political Science (1th semester – elective)

Teaching hours: 3 per week-ECTS 5

Course tutor: Apostolos Pantazis, Lecturer

E-mail: apantaz@socadm.duth.gr

Course Time: Monday 8.30-11.30 a.m.

Course Overview

This course is intended as an introduction to classical social theory in the works Adam Smith, Gustav Schmoller, Georg Simmel, Max Weber.

Aims and Objectives

At the end of this course, students should have knowledge and understanding of the modern society and policy and to major concepts as: power, domination, division of labour, modern state and capitalist society.


Adam Smith (1723-1790):

1. Social and political theory in “The Theory of Moral Sentiments” (1759).

2. The concepts of social division of labour, market society, social classes, social and economic value and the theory of the state in “An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations” (1776).

Gustav Schmoller (1838-1917).

3. The German Historical School and its influence on Sociology as an academic discipline.

4. “The Mercantile System and its Historical Significance” (1884) as a Critique of Adam Smith.

5. Social Policy, Social Question and Policies of the State in the “Verein für Sozialpolitik”.

6. The “Methodenstreit” in the Social Sciences between the Historical and the Formalist School (Carl Menger).

Georg Simmel (1858-1918).

7. The Foundations of Formal Sociology in “Soziologie. Untersuchungen über die Formen der Vergesellschaftung (1908).

8. The understanding of Capitalism in “Philosophie des Geldes” (1900) and the social consequences of the money economy.

9. The “Metropolis and Mental Life” (1903).

Max Weber (1864-1920).

10. The “Werturteilsstreit” in the Social Sciences.

11. The development of Capitalism in “Die Wirtschaftsethik der Weltreligionen” (1920). The Foundation of Sociology in “Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft” (1922).

12. The “Sociology of Domination”, Bureaucracy and Capitalism.

Legitimacy, Democracy and Ethics in the “Politics as a Vocation” (1918) .

Course Readings

  1. Weber Max, 1986, Gesammelte Aufsätze zur Religionssoziologie I, Tübingen: Mohr/Siebeck.
  2. Weber Max, 1988, Gesammelte Politsche Schriften, Tübingen: Mohr/Siebeck.
  3. Weber Max, 1988, Gesammelte Aufsätze zur Soziologie und Sozialpolitik, Tübingen: Mohr/Siebeck.
  4. Weber Max, 2001, Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft. Die Wirtschaft und die gesellschaftlichen Ordnungen und Mächte, Tübingen: Mohr/Siebeck.
  5. Schmoller Gustav, 1898, Über einige Grundfragen der Socialpolitik und der Volkswirtschaftslehre.
  6. Schmoller Gustav, 1918, Die Soziale Frage. Klassenbilung, Arbeiterfrage, Klassenkampf.
  7. Smith Adam, 1976, The Theory of Moral Sentiments, Indianapolis.
  8. Smith Adam, 1976, An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, Indianapolis.
  9. Simmel Georg, 1989, Philosophie des Geldes, Frankfurt: Suhrkamp.
  10. Simmel Georg, 1992, Soziologie. Untersuchungen über die Formen der Vergesellschaftung, Frankfurt: Suhrkamp.