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Dear students: There is no such theory as Durkheimism. At least,… 
29th-Aug-2008 09:26 pm
Dear students:

There is no such theory as Durkheimism. At least, not that we've talked about this week. Does that even look like a real term?


30th-Aug-2008 08:19 pm (UTC)
It wasn't too much of a reach, assuming this is a sociology class; Emile Durkheim is considered by some to be the father of sociology.
30th-Aug-2008 08:28 pm (UTC)
I know who Durkheim is. ;)

It's introduction to sociology. :) (Which I will be teaching for the rest of my life. Seriously.) However, Durkheimism wasn't on the list we'd talked about this week, and sociologists don't tend to name theories that kind of thing... the closest you get is some people referring to Marxism, and that doesn't refer to Marx's social theory. I really threw it in as a throwaway answer, but I guess if you'd just been listening in class enough to go "Hey, we talked about that guy Durkheim! I'll pick that one!"... :)
30th-Aug-2008 09:43 pm (UTC)
OK, I was wondering. ;)

And yeah, I'm impressed that your student put down something that at least sounded plausible, rather than, say, the Bach-Rhino Theory of Interpolaction, or something.
30th-Aug-2008 10:07 pm (UTC)
Don't be too impressed. It was a multiple choice question, and the other three choices were the theories that we'd actually been talking about in class... over... and over... and over again. :)
30th-Aug-2008 10:09 pm (UTC)
Oh, dear.
30th-Aug-2008 10:09 pm (UTC)
I suppose I should have put that in the post. :)
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