S Y L L A B U SDEVELOPMENT SOCIOLOGY 1101 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY FALL 2008Class Meetings: TR 10:10 to 11:00 A.M. Kennedy Hall Auditorium Course World Wide Web Site (Blackboard): http://blackboard.cornell.edu/ InstructorThomas 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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