What constitutes the social glue that binds individuals together to form a society? How is conflict accommodated and sufficient co-operation encouraged to ensure continuity? How is society best organized? Looking at issues such as the concept of human nature, the dynamics of group behaviour, the development of social institutions, the distribution of scarce resources, and the notion of power and punishment, students reflect on these questions in a critical manner. Through a study of the works of Marx, Durkheim, Weber, Mead, Parsons, Mills, Goffman, Habermas, Foucault, and Bourdieu, this course provides an introduction to social theory.