SYLLABUS_INTRO_SOC_ZFALL_2007_WORD

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1 Introduction to Sociology Sociology 101 Paul McLaughlin Fall, 2007 Uris Hall 326 MWF 1:25-2:15 Phone: 255-8868 Office Hours: M 2:30-3:30 [email protected] Course Description: This course will provide you with a general introduction to the field of sociology. I have designed the lectures, readings and assignments to acquaint you with the basic concepts and some of the major perspectives in the field. The course is divided into 9 sections: (1) the historical and philosophical roots of “modern” sociology, (2) the ideology of progress in colonial Africa, (3) the Marxian tradition and the student movement against sweatshops, (4) the Durkheimian tradition and the “Savage Inequalities” of American education, (5) the Weberian tradition and al Qaeda, (6) the sociology of everyday life, (7) contemporary feminist theories, (8) postmodernism and science fiction and (9) evolutionary theory and the U.S. environmental movement. We will begin each section by considering one or more of the major classical or contemporary theoretical perspectives in sociology. We will then apply the concepts derived from those perspectives to help us make sense of various historical or contemporary social issues. The overall goal of the course will be to give students a deeper appreciation of the dialogue between theory and evidence that is at the heart of the sociological enterprise. Required Texts: George Ritzer. 2007. Contemporary Sociological Theory and Its Classical Roots: The Basics . New York: McGraw Hill. James Henslin. 2005. Down to Earth Sociology: Introductory Readings . 13 th Edition. New York: Free Press. Adam Hochschild. 1998. King Leopold’s Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa . New York: Houghton Mifflin Company. John Perkins. 2004. Confessions of an Economic Hit Man . New York: Penguin Group. Liza Featherstone. 2002. Students Against Sweatshops . New York: Verso. Jonathan Kozol. 1991. Savage Inequalities: Children in America’s Schools . NY: Crown Publishers, Inc. Peter L. Bergen. 2002. Holy War Inc.: Inside the Secret World of Osama bin Laden . New York: Simon and Schuster. Note: Articles appearing in the syllabus in italics are in the Sociology 101 Course Packet which can be obtained along with the other texts at the bookstore. Course Requirements and Evaluation: Class-time will be a combination of lecture and discussion. In order to receive the full benefit of these sessions, students should complete readings listed for each day in advance . Grading will be done on the following basis: Points Translation to Letter Grade Exam 1 30 points A+ = 96.66-100 B = 83.33-86.65 C- = 70.00-73.32 F = <60.00 Exam 2 35 points A = 93.33-96.65 B- = 80.00-83.32 D+ = 66.66-69.99 Exam 3 35 points A- = 90.00-93.32 C+ = 76.66-79.99 D = 63.33-66.65 Total 100 points B+ = 86.66-89.99 C = 73.33-76.65 D- = 60.00-63.32 The three in-class exams will constitute 100% of your grade . In-class exams will consist of some combination of true/false, multiple choice, textual interpretation and 1 essay question. Two or three potential essay questions will be announced in advance to facilitate your preparation for the exam . The essay question which appears on the exam will be chosen at random. I will also post on blackboard a list of definitions of key concepts that may appear on the exam. However,
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