Degiuli 1201 Syllabus S19 Sec 32-33 (1).docx - Introduction to Sociology SOCI 1201 Section 32-33 Spring 2019 Instructor Francesca Degiuli Ph.D Room Zen

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Introduction to SociologySOCI 1201 - Section 32-33Spring 2019Instructor: Francesca Degiuli, Ph.D.Office Location: Mansion 15ARoom:Zen 102Office Tel: 973-443-8728Class Time: M-TH 9:55-11:10Office Hours: T: 2:30–4:30E-mail:[email protected]Course DescriptionThis course offers students an introduction to sociology as a way of understanding our social world. Thegoal of this course is to learn basic sociological concepts and theories and use them to examine how social institutions, culture and ideologies around class, race, sexuality, and gender shape the experience of everyday life. Through the readings, writing assignments, lectures and class discussions, it is my hope that the students will develop an increased awareness of the ways social, political and economic inequalities define our lives both at the individual and at the structural level. Sociology is not about “common sense” explanations of social phenomena rather it is about learning how to critically analyze the dynamic of power relations that define the societies in which we live in.Objectives1. Familiarize students with sociological perspectives, theories, and concepts. 2. Expand students' knowledge on social life, social institutions, social inequality, identity, and social change. 4. Support students in developing critical and analytical skills. 5. Encourage students understand and apply the sociological imagination to their personal lives.Course RequirementsAttendance and Class Participation(5% attendance, 10% participation) You are expected to attend class regularly and to come prepared, having completed the readings. Participating in discussions is one of the best ways to learn. You are expected to contribute your insights to the class. The culture of the class will, I hope, be a congenial one for self-expression. Whatever you do, don't just sit there. Say anything you can defend against reasoned argument. Treat your colleagues' contributions with respect, consider them seriously and if not convinced challenge them. We do not have to agree all the time but we need to respect different points of views.You are responsible for all material covered in the course including lectures, readings, discussions, films, and learning exercises. You are responsible for being present when assignments are distributed. Occasional homework assignments, in-class writing assignments, and in-class group activities, to be graded on a credit/no credit basis, will also factor into your participation grade. If you are absent when we have an in-class assignment, you cannot get credit for it. If you are absent on the day a homework assignment is due, be sure to turn it in before class.In-Class Reading Discussions and Debates (10% of your grade)In addition to participating in general class discussions on the topic discussed during lecture you will also be expected to participate in more detailed discussions of a specific topic. This may
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