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Unformatted text preview: Introduction to Introduction to Sociology DSOC 101 Professor Angela Gonzales January 21, 2008 Lecture Outline Lecture Outline What is sociology? Defining the Sociological Perspective Course overview Announcements 2 Sociology Defined Sociology Defined Sociology is the systematic study of social life, social change, and the social causes and consequences of human behavior. Sociologists investigate the structure of groups, organizations, and societies, and how people interact within these contexts. ­American Sociological Association 3 Scope of Sociology Scope of Sociology The study of sociology ranges from the intimate family to the hostile mob; from organized crime to religious cults; from the divisions of race, gender and social class to the shared beliefs of a common culture; and from the sociology of work to the sociology of sports. ­ American Sociological Association 4 Everything but the kitchen sink? Everything but the kitchen sink? Health & illness, racial & ethnic conflicts, social inequality, poverty, education, immigration, sexuality, gender, class, and crime & punishment, environment & economic development all come under the scope of sociology. 5 Sociology of Coffee Sociology of Coffee A ritual: A cup of coffee in the morning = a daily routine 6 Sociology of Coffee A symbolic value: social interaction & the enactment of rituals Use as a drug: an “extra lift.” 7 Sociology of Coffee Sociology of Coffee Interdependency among regions: Coffee is grown in Latin America, Hawaii, India & Southeast Asia. 8 Developing a Sociological Developing a Sociological Imagination Look beyond the personal environment and question take­for­granted social structures. That is, one must be willing to question the structural arrangements that shape social behavior. When we possess a sociological imagination, we begin to see the causes and solutions to social problems not in terms of the individual, but in the structures in society. 9 Course Goals Course Goals Develop your sociological imagination Master basic tools of social inquiry Expand your knowledge and understanding of the world and your place within it 10 Course Requirements Course Requirements Attendance and participation (190 points) Writing assignments (120 points) Lecture (60 points) – iClicker and film question sheets Section (130 points) Format Late assignments Exams – multiple­choice/short answer Prelim – March 3, 2007 Final – May 7, 2008 Policy on make­up exam 11 Evaluation and Grading Evaluation and Grading Points – no letter grade issued for individual assignments Scoring rubric Final course grade – modified curve 12 Other Information Other Information Extra­credit – up to 20 points (5 points per assignment) Course Website – password protected (2372) Students with disabilities Student athletes iClicker Academic integrity Required materials 13 A few final announcements A few final announcements Need to change section? Online through Just the Facts. Sections meet next week; attendance is required. Change in office hours: M & W, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm, Warren 339 14 ...
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