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prelim 2_Syllabus - S Y L LA B U S DEVELOPMENT SOCIOLOGY...

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S Y L L A B U S DEVELOPMENT SOCIOLOGY 1101 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY FALL 2008 Class Meetings: TR 10:10 to 11:00 A.M. Kennedy Hall Auditorium Course World Wide Web Site (Blackboard): http://blackboard.cornell.edu/ Instructor Thomas A. Hirschl Office Hours: T&R, 11:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. 333 Warren Hall Phone: 255-1688; Email: [email protected] One of the great paradoxes of the modern world is technological progress alongside social catastrophe. The clipping pasted into this syllabus appeared in the local press, and illustrates this paradox surprisingly well. How is it that human society simultaneously embodies technological progress and social degeneration? Under what conditions might technological progress translate into social progress? These questions, and related questions, speak to the heart of the discipline of sociology, and will be directly addressed in this course. This course is designed to provide a general introduction to social science, and is intended for students who have not previously taken a college course in sociology. The course provides an acquaintance with basic concepts sociologists use to explain and understand society, and provides interpretation and data on key social questions that face the nation and the world. 1
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Course Learning Objectives 1) To provide students with knowledge about the classical origins of sociology, as well as examples of contemporary social scientific research; 2) To introduce students to key sociological theories and concepts; 3) To demonstrate the uses and usefulness of social science; 4) To develop students’ social science reasoning and decision making. Requirements A. Three examinations (two preliminary and one final). The preliminaries will be administered on October 2 and November 13 during the regular fifty-minute class period, and will consist of closed-end questions (e.g., multiple choice). The final consists solely of three essay questions. One essay question will be given to students mid-semester and first submitted in rough draft form, peer reviewed, and discussed with the Teaching Assistant, revised, and then resubmitted to the student’s discussion Teaching Assistant. The intent is to mirror the social science process of formulating and refining theoretically and empirically grounded answers to scientific questions. The remaining two questions will be written during the regularly scheduled final examination is Thursday, December 18, 2:00 - 4:30 pm.
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