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Robert Crosnoe, Chair CLA 3.306, Mailcode A1700, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-232-6300

Summer 2008

SOC w302 • Introduction to the Study of Society

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
89045 MTWTh
1:00 PM-2:30 PM
SZB 104

Course Description

Restricted to summer freshmen Class. Meets June 16-August 14th.

The course introduces the science of sociology by focusing on three broad topics: (1) Principles of Sociology, (2) Individuals, Groups, and Institutions, and (3) Social Inequality. In the process, we will examine important concepts, theories, and methodologies used by sociologists when working on both the micro and macro levels. We will also look at the interconnections between social institutions (e.g., the family, education, the economy), as well as the structured groups that comprise them. Finally, we will consider how institutional change has contributed to widening income inequality and its associated hierarchies of race/ethnicity and gender. Most of the data that we examine will come from the U.S., but other societies will be considered as well. Class format will be a mixture of lecture and discussion, with an emphasis on the former.

Grading Policy

Exams (4) 65%
Paper (2-3 pages) 20%
Pop Quizzes 15%

Good academic performance requires regular attendance and punctuality. Students are allowed three (3) absences during the session without penalty (excluding our introductory class meeting on June 11th). These allowed absences are intended to cover such circumstances as illness, family emergencies, university scheduled events, etc. Students who miss more than three classes, regardless of the reason, will have their semester grades reduced by 1.5 percentage points for each absence beyond the three allowed. The one exception to this policy concerns absences for religious reasons, assuming proper notification is given. Conversely, I'll add two percentage points to the semester grades of students with perfect attendance. One percentage point will be added to the semester grades of students with only one absence.


Rodney Stark, Sociology (2007, 10th Edition)
Any additional readings will be made available in a packet and/or on Blackboard


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