Soc3ACSyll_11

Soc3ACSyll_11 - Please note that attendance at the lectures...

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Please note that attendance at the lectures is REQUIRED for this class. Students who miss two consecutive classes during weeks one and two without notifying me will be dropped. This is and Early Drop Deadline Class. The drop date is Friday, January 28 th . If you are uncertain whether or not you want to stay in this class, read the syllabus carefully. Do the course readings and assignments interest you? Can you commit to showing up at 8 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday? While I will do my best to make this class well worth your time, if the class and its requirement are not a good match for you, you may want to look for a course that better suits your needs. Make your decisions carefully! Sociology 3AC: Principles of Sociology T/Th 8-9:30 a.m. in 101 Morgan Hall Spring Semester 2011 University of California at Berkeley Mary E. Kelsey, Instructor Office hours: Tues 9:45 - 11:45 a.m. in 454 Barrows Hall Ph. 510 642-4766 (message) mkelsey@berkeley.edu Course Content: This course offers a general introduction to sociology—the study of the social institutions, organizations and social relations that shape our lives and life chances—by way of a special focus on education. We begin the class with an examination of core sociological ideas on how societies are organized and the inherent strengths and problems within different social arrangements. We then explore these sociological principles through concrete studies of class, race, gender and sexual inequality. The articles in the course reader address the broader dimensions of social inequality. Two of the four assigned texts explore how these issues specifically affect American youth as students in the public school system. Once familiar with basic theoretical and empirical approaches used to explain unequal social outcomes, we will consider the ways in which educational systems can be used to perpetuate or resist social inequality. We conclude the class by asking what broader social changes might be necessary to reduce the harmful effects of inequality on human development and social integration. Learning Objectives: 1) Gain knowledge of the broad contours of social inequality in American society; 2) Use sociological insights to understand the larger social contexts that shape individual experiences and limit or expand their life chances; 3) Gain specific knowledge on how our educational system can both perpetuate and mitigate social inequality; 4) Learn to identify basic arguments made by others and construct and support your own arguments in written and oral forms; 5) Practice civil discourse in the classroom and beyond; 6) Learn information literacy skills to become an independent and self-motivated learner. Required texts:
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