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SOC 302 INTRO TO THE STUDY OF SOCIETY Lecture Time and Place: MEZ 1.306 -- MW: 1:00 to 2:00pm Unique Numbers: 45885, 45890, 45895, 45900, 45905, 45910 Instructor: Matthew Flynn Instructor’s Email: ) Instructor’s Office: BUR 536 Instructor’s Office Hours: Wednesday 10:00 am-12 noon and by appointment Teaching Assistants and Discussion Sections Unique Day Time Room Teaching Assistant TA’s Email TA Office Hours and Times 45885 W 300P-400p PHR 2.114 Kasun, Paul TBA 45890 W 200P-300p BIO 301 Kasun, Paul TBA 45895 TH 1100-1200 SZB 278 Perez, Marcos TBA 45900 F 1000-1100 NOA 1.102 Babadi, Mehrdad TBA 45905 TH 930-1030 SZB 330 Perez, Marcos TBA 45910 F 900-1000 NOA 1.102 Babadi, Mehrdad TBA Course Description This course provides a broad introduction to the study of society by focusing on five broad topics: (1) What is Sociology and its Methods? (2) Sociological Theory (3) Social Inequality, (4) Globalization, and (5) The Individual and Social Institutions. In the process, we’ll examine important concepts, theories, and methodologies used by sociologists working on both the micro and macro levels. We’ll look at the interconnections between social institutions (i.e., the family, education, the economy), as well as the way in which institutional change has impacted social stratification. We will also examine the process of globalization and some of its economic, political, and cultural consequences. Much of our focus will be on the U.S., but a comparative lens will be employed to understand variation across societies. The format of the class will be primarily lecture due to class size, but separate discussion sections will allow for in-depth exploration of lecture topics and readings. Texts Giddens, Anthony, Mitchell Duneier, and Richard P. Applebaum. 2011. Essentials of sociology . 3rd ed. New York and London: W.W. Norton & Company. (Norton also provides additional online resources that will assist you in your studies at ) Additional readings and multi-media assignments will be made available on the Blackboard (BB), internet links, and class handouts.
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Evaluation Student mastery of the course material will be assessed through three exams, two written assignments, and class attendance and participation. Exams are non-cumulative and will be given using true-false and multiple choice questions. Two written assignments will allow students to apply sociological concepts, methods, and data collection to specific sociological issues. The first written assignment will investigate a ―social myth‖ or taken-for-granted assumption about the society. The second written assignment involves a service learning/civil engagement project in which students will involve themselves with a civil society/volunteer organization or
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