SOCL 2001

SOCL 2001 - SOCL2001 CourseObjectives

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SOCL 2001 Matthew Glover Course Objectives Sociology is the scientific study of human society Main Goals: o o Develop “sociological imagination” Class format Lecture with Multimedia Exams on lecture material Quizzes on textbook material Written responses in class Textbook: You May Ask Yourself by Dalton Conley (LSU, Co-Op, Chimes) Quizzes (100 Points) Textbook chapter quizzes (18) on Moodle Grade: Top 10 Quiz Scores Two Attempts; highest grade will count o Each attempt: 10 random questions, 20 min limit Each quiz open for 1 week MOST close 11:55 the night before class o First quizzes close Monday, 9/6 Other Important Issues
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Contact Laurie if I miss an exam Classroom Environment No side conversations Avoid distracting behavior o Students will be moved or removed Don’t Pack up early Silence electronics o Use only for class-related purposes FYI: writing notes by hand=better for you (but I’m typing this shit) Sensitive Issues Controversy—Race, politics, religions Adult content—violence, sexuality, profanity o Some classes rated TV-MA, R Respectful discussion No Pressure to share private info Facebook group on Moodle What is sociology? The scientific study of human society “The function of sociology, as of every science, is to receal that which is  hidden” o Pierre Bourdieu
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Auguste Comte Early 1800s Coined the term “sociology” Religious authority started losing influence Scientific methods to understand human behavior Social Institutions A social institution is… o A group of social positions o Connected by social relations o That performs a social role We change social institutions daily in ordinary interactions Social Identity How you view yourself in relation to groups We all contribute to each other’s social identities C. Wright Mills Wrote the Sociological Imagination (1950s) o Historical context: connections betweens biography and history o Private troubles vs. public issues Using your sociological imagination Make the familiar strange “It’s the little differences”
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Theory Emile Durkheim (late 1800s) Suicide (book) o Social forces influence individual acts Elementary forms of Religious Life (book) o Building blocks of religion Structural functionalism Society= Living Organism Institutions like vital organs Emphasizes agreements (consensus) in maintaining order Karl Marx (mid-1800s) Humans unique for our creative use of resources Communist Manifesto (book) o Owners have most power o Social inequality = unequal access to resources
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