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1 I NTRODUCTION TO S OCIOLOGY Sociology 1101 – Spring 2008 Professor: Benjamin Cornwell Lectures: MW: 1:25-2:15 [email protected] Uris Hall: G01 354 Uris Hall Sections: See below Office hours: W 3-5 Teaching Assistants/Section Leaders Nicolas Eilbaum [email protected] Office: 347 Uris Hall Alexa Yesukevich [email protected] Office: 349 Uris Hall Chris Yenkey [email protected] Office: 345 Uris Hall Matthew Hoffberg [email protected] Office: 349 Uris Hall Course Description This course introduces students to sociological perspectives and methodologies. We will begin by considering sociological perspectives which focus on macro-level spheres of society (e.g., the economy, polity) and sweeping societal changes that have occurred within them over the past couple of centuries. The remaining bulk of the course introduces alternatives to these macro-oriented models of society. First, we will cover arguments which address the causes and consequences of individuals’ integration into and contributions to society, and attempt to answer such questions as: “Why do people follow seemingly irrational social norms?” We will complicate matters by considering explanations that assume that there is some measure of rationality behind individuals’ behavior. Finally, we will consider how larger social forms – especially social networks – emerge through both rational and non-rational kinds of social action. Course Website The course website is maintained via Cornell’s Blackboard system. The website will be used to post course documents, such as the syllabus, important announcements, etc. Students should enroll in the website during the first week of class. Enter your name using appropriate capitalization. You can enroll to access the course website at: http://blackboard.cornell.edu/ . Required Course Materials Adler, Patricia A., and Peter Adler, eds. 2007. Sociological Odyssey: Contemporary Readings in Introductory Sociology , 2 nd Edition. Belmont: Wadsworth. Farganis, James. 2007. Readings in Social Theory , The Classic Tradition to Post-Modernism , 5th edition. New York: McGraw-Hill. A Course Packet , available for purchase at the Cornell Campus Store. The readings in the Packet are also available on the course’s Blackboard site. An iClicker, available for purchase at the Cornell Campus Store. You are required to bring your iClicker with you to class.
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2 Lectures and Section Meetings SOC 1101 is comprised of lectures on Mondays and Wednesdays, and smaller section meetings at the end of the week. You will attend the two lectures and one section meeting each week. The section meetings are intended to provide a smaller classroom context in which you can discuss and clarify the lecture and reading material in greater detail with a section leader – a teaching assistant who is a PhD student in the Sociology Department. You will need to sign up for ONE discussion section. Here are your options: Number Section Day Time Place 13385 201 Friday 1:25 – 2:15 Rockefeller 128 13386 202 Friday 1:25 – 2:15 Morrill 106A 13387 203 Friday 1:25 – 2:15 White 106 13388 204 Friday 1:25 – 2:15
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