SOC f302 • Intro to the Study of Society
1:00 PM-2:30 PM
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. Well 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, well 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. Well emphasize demonstrating Sociologys relevance to everyday life, as well as public policy making.
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%
Exams (4) 65%
Pop Quizzes 10%
Paper (3-4 pages) 15%
Class participation 10%
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