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Fall 2017
Jan 17, 2018
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SOCI 001 - Introduction to Sociology

Professor Sarah Stiles
MW 8:00am - 9:15am
Healy 104

Professor Sarah Stiles
MW 9:30am - 10:45am
Healy 104

Sociology is the study of social life, social change, and the social causes and consequences of human behavior. Sociologists investigate the structure of groups, organizations, and societies, and how people interact within these contexts. (American Sociological Association, 2005)

In this course students will learn the basics of sociology through a variety of readings and film clips and "do" sociology with regular data workshops where they will test theories and recognize the social construction we all experience. By the end of the semester, students will be able to understand and explain:

• Basic concepts, generalizations, theories, and methods used in the study of sociology; 
• The sociological focus and the influence the study of sociology has on identifying, explaining, and solving (or causing) social policy issues; and 
• How sociology is used in everyday life to explain the social behavior of people, and even predict what they will do.

Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None

Professor Becky Hsu
MW 11:00 am - 12:15 pm
Walsh 499

This course is an introduction to the field of sociology, the study of people in groups both small and large (or very large). How does being a flight attendant require the “selling” of one’s emotions? Rather than being a timeless institution of knowledge and technical expertise, how does the form and field of American medicine reflect historical and social power struggles? What kinds of organizational forms do urban gangs use? How does our environment change how likely we are to help someone else? These are some of the questions that we will explore as we look at a range of topics that engage sociologists today: social change, social networks, urban life, health and medicine, religion, emotions, sex and gender, the economy, and social inequality.

Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None

Professor Christine Schiwietz
TR 12:30 pm – 1:45 pm 
Car Barn 202

Professor Christine Schiwietz
TR 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm 
Car Barn 201

To communicate the importance and excitement of the study of the social world! This course is designed to introduce students to the field of sociology, the exploration of society and how it operates. Sociology broadens social insights, fosters critical thinking, trains students in methods of gathering and analyzing data, and helps students develop their writing skills. By thinking actively about the issues facing contemporary society, students will learn to examine life situations and the influence of society and groups on people’s lives and the basic processes that shape social life. The course will introduce sociological perspectives (how issues of everyday life and activities) relate to the way society is structured and introduce socialization, culture, social institutions, social stratification, race and ethnicity, gender, politics, education and social change.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Sociology Department

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