This course introduces students to classical and contemporary theoretical approaches used in the social sciences. Students read sections of primary texts, and then engage in critical evaluations of each work. Throughout the semester, students explore how theories are shaped by the social context in which they are produced; how theories complement or critique one another; and how specific theoretical approaches can uncover hidden realities about our social world, and thereby facilitate transformative action. During the semester, students will develop their capacity to critically engage with social theory in class discussions, on quizzes, and in a theory-focused paper.