Sociology 302 will offer insights to understand how social forces in society shape our
behavior and influence our being
. After all, we are the product of our society and vice
versa. Our identities, hopes, fears, grievances and satisfactions can be derived from the
patterns of socialization orchestrated within human groups.
In this class, you will be
introduced to the basic concept of sociological imagination, mindfulness, and principles
of sociological reasoning. Many societal issues will be examined through the practice of
classical theories and sociological perspectives. In this course, you will become more
familiar with the nature of sociology, social construction of reality, micro and macro
sociological analysis, and concepts such as culture, socialization, social structures, self
and society, stratification, gender inequality, love, marriage, and divorce. Finally, we will
explore the sociology of health, medicine, and the mind-body connection. In this course,
a) create an environment that encourages active participation, group interaction,
and discussion in the learning process; b) actively encourage critical thinking; c) use
different techniques in the teaching and learning process, and d) we will assess and
evaluate your work and give timely feedback.
James M. Henslin. 2009. Sociology:
A Down to Earth Approach
Eight or ninth
in addition to your general sociology text, you are provided with more readings
on certain topics for in-depth analysis and discussion. These readings are photocopied articles
available as a packet under my name at: Paradigm (407 W. 24
*Assigned readings with asterisk below can be found on Blackboard (BB):
Format and Evaluation
This course will use a combination lecture-discussion style format.
Regular attendance is
required and I expect that students will come to all classes- both lectures and discussions
Please note that
: the repercussion of being absent a total of 4 or more classes for the entire spring
semester (without justifiable reason) is that your grade will automatically be lowered by one letter.
Unexcused absences will count against your grade.
in the course will be based on (a) three one hour examinations (each
exams counts 20%); (b) one short project paper of 3-4 pages (20%); (c) Pop quizzes (6%); class
participation and group discussions (12%); individual assignments (2%). Taken together, the exams
will amount 60% of the course grade. They will include multiple choice, and short answer
questions. The tests are reviews of material covered in the class, group discussions, films, and