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Sociology-Spring 2011-1176-004-Castr

Sociology-Spring 2011-1176-004-Castr - SOCIOLOGY 1176(004...

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SOCIOLOGY 1176 (004): Introduction to Sociology * Temple University Department of Sociology Spring 2011 Professor: Corinne Castro Office Location: 743 Gladfelter Hall Telephone: 215-204-7965 Email: [email protected] Office hours: (Before class) Tuesdays & Thursdays, 2:00-3:30 p.m. Class Days/Time: Tuesdays & Thursdays 3:30-4:50 p.m. Classroom: Anderson Hall Room 23 Course Description This course is designed to give you an introduction to the discipline of sociology. Through academic readings, classroom discussions, and popular media, we will work to understand how society is structured, how identities are constructed (for both groups and individuals), and how inequality and stratification work in our lives and the lives of others. Finally, we will consider the ways that we can each be agents of social change. Each week we will tackle a new topic of sociological interest while working to understand the ways that each of these issues is connected. By examining how race, gender, sexuality, class, and nation organize society and our experiences, we will work to develop our own sociological imagination. Course Goals and Student Learning Outcomes Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to: Grasp key concepts and theories in sociology Understand the sociological perspective and be able to apply it to your everyday life Develop an analysis of systemic, structural inequality Begin to grasp the complex intersections of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class, and nation Effectively and creatively communicate your knowledge with fellow classmates (and me) Envision yourself as an agent of social change Required Texts and Electronic Readings Conley, Dalton. 2008. You May Ask Yourself: An Introduction to Thinking Like a Sociologist. ISBN: 978-0-393-92760-3 (pbk) Venkatesh, Sudhir. 2008. Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets . ISBN: 978-0-14-311493-2 (pbk) Additional suggested readings available electronically on the course Blackboard website. See Brief Notes at the end of the syllabus “On Generous Reading” 1
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Class Format Class sessions will usually be a mixture of lecture and discussion or other in-class activities. Each class session will begin with a 10-minute writing exercise based on the assigned reading to aid with class discussions. This mixed method approach is designed to constantly engage with course material, focus on learning outcomes, and recognize diverse learning styles. Lectures will be concise and relevant, helping to outline new content or grasp difficult concepts. We will also take part in large and small group discussions, active learning exercises, videos, written reactions, and possibly guest speakers. These opportunities will allow you to work with fellow students and grapple with the material presented in lectures and readings on a deeper level, and to apply concepts to your own life experiences. I am open to dialogue and feedback about what best helps you learn.
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