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Online Course on Classical Sociological Theory by University of Amsterdam: Registrations Open

University of Amsterdam is conducting an MOOC on Classical Sociological Theory.

This course will offer the participants an introduction into the most important classical sociological readings between the 18th and 20th century. Highly influential social science scholars, such as Karl Marx, Max Weber and Emile Durkheim, will be discussed during 8 sessions.

Combined with small tests, based on the video’s and recommended readings, the participants will be encouraged to dive deeply into the complex texts and get familiar with classical sociological concepts that are still very relevant today.


Approx. 19 hours to complete


Dr. Bart van Heerikhuizen, Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, University of Amsterdam


Session 1: Classical Sociological Theory – An Introduction

Session 2: Bernard Mandeville (1670-1733) and Adam Smith (1723-1790)

Session 3: Auguste Comte (1798-1857)

Session 4: Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1859)

Session 5: Karl Marx (1818-1883)

Session 6: Émile Durkheim (1858-1917)

Session 7: Max Weber (1864-1920)

Session 8: Norbert Elias (1897-1990)

Classical Sociological Theory Final Test: This test contains 87 question. To pass this test you need to answer at least 57 questions correct.


When you purchase a Certificate you get access to all course materials, including graded assignments. Upon completing the course, your electronic Certificate will be added to your Accomplishments page – from there, you can print your Certificate or add it to your LinkedIn profile. If you only want to read and view the course content, you can audit the course for free.

To enroll for this course, click the link below.

Classical Sociological Theory by University of Amsterdam


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