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Soc 1010 Syllabus

Soc 1010 Syllabus - SOCIOLOGY 1010 Spring 2008 T and TR...

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SOCIOLOGY 1010 Spring 2008 T and TR 5:45-7:00 in Bowman Oddy 1049 Instructor: Angelika Gulbis Office Hours: T and TR 4:30-5:30 Email: [email protected] in University Hall 2630A or by appt. Department Phone: 419-530-2791 Cell Phone: 419-345-5141 COURSE OVERVIEW This course is an introduction to sociology both as an academic discipline and as a perspective through which to view and understand the social world around you. C. Wright Mills refers to this perspective as the “sociological imagination”. As you become familiar with sociological concepts and theoretical perspectives, you will develop the ability to see how the individual fits within the larger social context— both how individuals shape society through their own action as well as how society shapes the individual. You will begin to see the ways in which human behavior is patterned, as well as how social structure, social institutions, human interaction, and the social milieu may influence or constrain individual and collective behavior. My first course in sociology truly changed my life because it taught me to question all of my preconceived notions about the coexistence of human beings in the world around me, and it taught me how to find answers to those questions through sociological inquiry. It is my aim to help you to develop your sociological imaginations, and to critically evaluate the world in which you live. By the end of this course you should have developed an understanding of sociological concepts and perspectives, as well as the ability to apply these in your written assignments and in classroom discussion. READINGS Required Textbook Anderson, Margaret L. and Howard F. Taylor. 2007. Sociology: The Essentials. 4 th Edition. Thomson Wadsworth. You are expected to read the assigned chapter and additional readings before class. This accomplishes three main goals: 1) you will be prepared to participate in class discussion, and 2) you will be more likely to comprehend and retain course concepts through repeated exposure, and 3) you will be able to take notes more effectively by both having a sense of the bigger picture as well as being familiar with your strengths and weaknesses with course concepts. Make sure that you examine the key concepts and summary questions at the end of each chapter. Additional Course Materials Additional materials will be available on the MyUT web portal under “Files” (listed under Course Tools). If there are social developments of interest that occur during the semester, we may discuss them in class. At that time, I will provide you with the appropriate newspaper or journal articles to read before class, and these will also be available under Files. COMMUNICATION Contacting Me I strongly encourage you to call, e-mail, use the chat feature on your MyUT web portal, or visit my office hours if you have a question, need extra help, are interested in discussing social issues, or are interested in majoring in sociology. Remember, the best way to contact me is by calling my cell phone. I
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