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Besser final Fall07 134 syllabus

Besser final Fall07 134 syllabus - Syllabus Sociology 134...

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Syllabus Sociology 134, Sections 1 - 18 Fall 2007 Introduction to Sociology Dr. Terry Besser Recitation Instructors 204 East Hall, 294-6508 Nick Recker [email protected] Lucy Ganem Office hours: 11-12 TR, 1-3 W Kyle Neubauer Matt Parker Welcome to Sociology 134! How many times have you asked yourself: What’s wrong with a guy trying on women’s underwear? Why shouldn’t I name my first born child “Cluck”? Why don’t we eat insects? Whatever happened to Schlitz beer? To answer these and more serious questions like “What’s happening to the jobs in the United States today?” or “Why is violent crime declining?” requires you to think sociologically. In this course you will be introduced to the sociological way of thinking. At the core of the sociological perspective is the view that social reality is more than, and quasi independent from, the individuals who make it up. Thus, you have probably never personally researched the food value of insects and decided they were unworthy food items. Yet, I’m sure you don’t eat them regularly. Why don’t you? How did you learn what is proper to eat and what isn’t? And why do we all have such a strong reaction to the mere thought of eating insects? We cannot understand our “personal choice” not to eat insects without considering American culture and our socialization into it. In the same way, we cannot understand patterns in criminal behavior, changes in the family, or economic restructuring by focusing on individuals in isolation. In combination with scientific research, the sociological perspective is key to understanding historical trends and current social reality, and to finding solutions for social problems. Required Book Richard T. Schaefer. 2005. Introduction to Sociology . Customized text from the 9 th edition. McGraw Hill Publishing. Course Objectives Understand and be able to apply the sociological perspective Learn the basic concepts of sociology Understand the importance of sociology in modern society Enhance critical thinking skills 1
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Course Overview Learning is not a spectator sport. It is an active process. Readings. You are expected to read the assigned material before attending the lecture and the recitation session about that subject. Attendance. Daily attendance is important in both the lecture and recitation sessions. If you miss a lecture for a legitimate reason, you may copy the class notes taken by your recitation instructor. However, there is no substitute for hearing the information yourself. Lectures. The material presented in the lecture will compliment the readings, but it will not be the same. Take complete notes, not just what is displayed on the overhead or power point slides. Material from both lecture and assigned readings will be covered in the tests. An abbreviated outline of lecture notes will be posted on the course webpage before the class that covers each topic.
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