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SOC 308 • Rich And Poor In America
MWF 1200pm-100pm CLA 1.104
SOC S302 • Intro To The Study Of Society
MTWTHF 1000am-1130am CLA 0.102
Sociology is the systematic, scientific study of the patterns and processes of social life, touching on all of its major dimensions – economic, political, religious, familial, and criminal, to name a few. It studies both individual actors, and the informal groups and formal organizations that populate the social landscape.
This course is an introduction to sociology as a way to understanding the world. This course will introduce you to the sociological perspective in examining our lives and social experiences, as well as many issues facing society today. In this course, we will survey major sociological perspectives, theories, methods, and debates. We will explore some of the big questions we face as social beings, and talk about some of the intriguing answers – and questions – that sociologists have provided.
SOC 308 • Rich & Poor In Amer: Soc Persp
MWF 1000am-1100am WAG 420
Over the last three decades the gap between the wealthy and poor has grown dramatically. This course aims to explore several broad questions concerning the extent of, effects, and reproduction of class inequality in the U.S., as well as the racial and gender inequalities that are woven through it. We will examine the meanings of the concept “social class”; the nature of economic inequality in the U.S.; the institutions and mechanisms responsible for its production and reproduction; ways that the wealthy and poor make sense of and give meaning to their lived experiences; and what consequences economic inequality has for a democratic society. My goal is to expose you to the theoretical and conceptual tools sociologists use to study social class. I hope to provide you with both a toolkit for critical thinking about the complexity of economic inequality as well as an understanding of how your own experiences are both the products and producers of systems of stratification.