Course Objectives and Tools 1 for Sociology

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SOCY 30/08/2007 09:54:00 Course Objectives and Tools 1 Develop and practice utilizing the cociological imagination Individual in social context Things are not what they seem Intersection of culture, history and biography Ability to see the difference between private troubles and public issues Short papers Exploriments-action, observation, interpretation, and connection Media through Sociological Lens-critical analysis from sociological  perspective Readings Ideas, concepts, information that focuses on social phenomena and forces (of  explanation and change). Underlying Themes and Inquiries Peter Berger’s sociological framing of Sartre’s notion of Bad Faith Pretending you “gotta” or “can’t” Evasion of “the agony of choice”
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Shadow of human liberty; only possible because we are free to choose or avoid  choosing Not all choices are “created equal” Everything is choice within particular boundaries that render some choices  easier than others The tensions between structure/control and fluidity/freedom Stratification, culture, and social control as means of ‘structuring’ choice (or at  least making some more predictable and rendering others impractical or even  invisible). Differential access to ‘choice’= privilege/inequality Standard for assessing fairness/justice American Ideals in action-Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness o Equality of opportunity o Equality of respect o Individualism Importance of individual liberty Importance of fulfilling potential o Belief in Meritocracy-system where individuals are assessed and 
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