444 2011 W 111 syllabus

444 2011 W 111 syllabus - Soc 111 Introductory Sociology...

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Soc 111 – Introductory Sociology Section 2 Winter, 2011 Time: MWF 11 – 11:50 a.m. Place: B190 JFSB Instructor: Lance Erickson Office Phone: 801-422-1683 Office: 2030 JFSB Office Hours: MW 3:15 – 4:15 p.m. Email: [email protected] TAs (see Blackboard for additional contact information): Marie Charlesworth [email protected] Rebecca Jensen [email protected] Sergio Blanco [email protected] Course Description This class satisfies both general education, Sociology BS, and Sociology minor requirements. We will survey many of the foundational concepts, theories, and methodologies that sociologists use to understand the social world. My hope is that you obtain a beginning knowledge of each of these and begin to foster the "sociological imagination" which will not only help you understand the social world, but will help you better understand yourself as well as others who are not like you. Expected Learning Outcomes By the end of the course, you will – Understand core sociological theories and concepts and be able to apply them to various real-world situations Demonstrate your ability to critically read, understand, and analyze academic texts and research articles Generate high-quality professional writing Understand the role of statistics in generating sociological knowledge Think about and analyze socialization (who you are), social life (what you do), social structure (why you do it) from a sociological perspective Explore the connection between a sociological perspective and the Gospel I do not (necessarily) expect that you will: Become a sociologist "Believe in" sociology or that the sociological perspective is the "right" one Text
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Henslin, James M. Sociology: A Down-to-Earth Approach, Core Concepts. Pearson, Allyn and Bacon. ** EITHER 2 ND , 3 RD , or 4 th EDITION ARE ACCEPTABLE** Other Readings *Ehrenreich, Barbara. 2001. Nickel and Dimed: On (not) Getting by in America . New York: Metropolitan Books. Chapter 1. Gladwell, Malcolm. January 19, 1999. “Six Degrees of Lois Weisberg.” The New Yorker. Sections 1 and 3 – 6 ; http://www.gladwell.com/pdf/weisberg.pdf **Guo, Guang and Kathleen Mullan Harris. 2000. "The Mechanisms Mediating the Effects of Poverty on Children's Intellectual Development." Demography 37:431-447. **McLanahan, Sara. 2004. "Diverging Destinies: How Children are Faring Under the Second Demographic Transition." Demography 41:607-627. Mills, C. Wright. 1959. “The Promise.” The Sociological Imagination . New York: Oxford University Press. (Available on Blackboard in Course Materials.) *Postman, Neil. 1985. Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business . New York: Penguin. Chapters 1 & 2. * Available through the HBLL electronic reserve; password: eri111 ** Available through the HBLL Course Requirements iClicker We will be using clickers the semester. This means that most days I will ask you to respond to a number of multiple choice questions. These questions will poll you on your background, assess what you have learned from reading assignments, discover what you think
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