Sp09_101_syllabus_FI - DSOC 1101-Spring 2009 Page 1 of 8 DSOC 1101 SPRING 2009 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY MW 10:10 11:00 a.m Plant Sciences 233 Dr

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DSOC 1101-Spring 2009 Page 1 of 8 DSOC 1101 S PRING 2009 I NTRODUCTION TO S OCIOLOGY MW 10:10 – 11:00 a.m. Plant Sciences 233 Dr. Angela Gonzales Office: Warren Hall 339 Email: [email protected] The sociological imagination enables us to grasp history and biography and the relations between the two within society. That is its task and its promise. -- C. Wright Mills C OURSE D ESCRIPTION Sociology is a subject for the endlessly curious. Some of the questions that occupy the sociologically inclined include: Why do college students receive so many credit card applications? What makes many people uncomfortable around disabled individuals? Why in this ‘land of opportunity” do so many hard working people find it impossible to get ahead? And how is it that others succeed? What keeps the “glass ceiling” in place after years of women’s social advancement? Why, despite our best environmental intentions, do we find it so difficult to resist a materialistic and consumer driven lifestyle? What does it take to bring social change? None of these questions is as simple as it seems, but the sociological perspective can help the curious begin to unravel these and hundreds of other dilemmas. Thinking sociologically enables us to make observations and offer insights about the social world that extend far beyond either common sense or explanations that rely on individual quirks and personalities. This course is designed to introduce you to “the sociological imagination” and encourage you to develop this critical capacity to understand how the social world works. Along the way, you will become familiar with a number of key sociological concepts as well as some of the major substantive topics that sociologists study. Finally, you will have the opportunity to analyze a variety of sociological themes as they emerge in some of the most exciting contemporary research on topics such as social inequality, globalization, technological change, and consumerism. T EACHING P HILOSOPHY I am very committed to undergraduate education, and providing you with the opportunity to learn, and challenge yourselves. Yet, the opportunity is yours to do with it as you will. It is important that we create an environment where respect for each other is our highest priority. I will conduct myself respectfully and in turn I expect the same from you. As developing scholars, it is your duty to learn to value a diversity of opinions and viewpoints. Disruptive and disrespectful behavior will not be tolerated.
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DSOC 1101-Spring 2009 Page 2 of 8 C OURSE R EQUIREMENTS Attendance and Participation (130 points) Regular attendance and active participation is necessary for you to do well in this course. It is your responsibility to come to lecture having read the material assigned for that date. To get the most out of lecture, students are strongly encouraged to preview the lecture outline that will be posted by 11 p.m. the night before class. As a student in the course you are expected to attend all lectures and
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