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

Spring 2009

SOC 302 • Intro to the Study of Society (45375-45390)

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
45375 TTh
8:30 AM-9:30 AM
JGB 2.324

Course Description

How are our individual choices shaped by society? How do our choices help shape society? These are two primary questions we will address in Introduction to the Study of Society. The sociological imagination will be one of our primary tools as we explore society and our place within it. Since we are studying society and therefore ourselves, opportunities to use our sociological imaginations are all around us - in our everyday interactions, in global events, even in the music we hear.

The first part of the course explores some of the ways sociologists view society, and also how we study the social world. In addition, we will examine culture, socialization, deviance and the structure of organizations.

The second part of the course focuses on inequalities. Stratification takes many forms; we will explore social class, race and ethnicities, and gender. During this segment we will pay particular attention to inequalities within the institutions of families and education.

Grading Policy

Three in-class multiple choice, short answer and essay tests 20% each
Sociological journal - several short written assignments 25%
Class participation, including individual and group activities during lecture and discussion sections 15%


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McIntyre, Lisa J., The Practical Skeptic: Readings in Sociology, Fourth Edition, Boston: McGraw-Hill, 2008
Nathan, Rebekah, My Freshman Year: What a Professor Learned by Becoming a Student, Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2005


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