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

Summer 2009

SOC s302 • Intro to the Study of Society

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
87891 MTWTh
11:30 AM-1:00 PM
BUR 134

Course Description

This course will closely examine how social forces in society shape our behavior and penetrate our being. After all, we are all the product of our society and vice versa. Our identities, hopes, fears, grievances and satisfactions derive from the patterns of socialization orchestrated within human groups. In this class, students will be introduced to the basic concept of sociological imagination and principles of sociological reasoning. Many societal issues will be examined through the practice of classical theories and sociological perspectives. As we journey through the course, students will become more familiar with the nature of sociology, social construction of reality, micro and macro sociological analysis, and concepts such as culture, socialization, social structures, self and society, stratification, gender inequality, love, marriage, and divorce. Finally, the course will explore the sociology of health, medicine, and the mind-body connection.

Grading Policy

Research paper 24%
Three exams 60%
Cass project and participation 8%
Quiz 8 %


James M. Henslin, Sociology: A Down to Earth Approach (eighth or ninth edition), 2008
Reading packet available at Paradigm (407 W. 24th St.)


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