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Christine L. Williams, Chair CLA 3.306, Mailcode A1700, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-232-6300

Summer 2009

SOC f302 • Intro to the Study of Society

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
87748 MTWThF
1:00 PM-2:30 PM
BUR 208
GREEN

Course Description

This course introduces the science of Sociology by focusing on five broad topics: (1) What is Sociology?, (2) The Individual and Society, (3) Social Institutions, (4) Social Inequality, and (5) Globalization and Social Change. In the process, we'll examine important concepts, theories, and methodologies used by sociologists working on both the micro and macro levels. We’ll look at interconnections between social institutions (i.e., the economy, the family, education), as well as the way in which institutional change has caused widening income inequality in the U.S. and around the world. Finally, we’ll examine the process of globalization and some of its economic, political, and cultural consequences. Much of the data that we look at will focus on the U.S., but given our increasingly interconnected world, other societies will be considered as well. Class format will be a mixture of lecture and discussion, with a healthy sprinkling of videos and DVDs. We’ll emphasize demonstrating Sociology’s relevance to everyday life, as well as public policy making.

Grading Policy

Good academic performance requires regular attendance and punctuality. Students are allowed three (3) absences during the session without penalty (excluding our introductory class meeting). These non-penalized 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 one full 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.

Grading Policy (depending upon class size): Exams (4): 70%
Pop Quizzes: 15%
Paper (3-4 pages): 15%

OR

Exams (4) 65%
Pop Quizzes 10%
Paper (3-4 pages) 15%
Class participation 10%

Texts

Introduction to Sociology by Giddens, Duneier, and Appelbaum. W.W. Norton, 2007, 6th ed.
Any additional readings will be made available in a packet and/or on Blackboard

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