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Welcome to Sociology 101-24 Soc 101: Intro to Sociology Wednesday January 20, 2010
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First-Day of School Bookkeeping Required and suggested readings Sakai site Review syllabus, assignments, grading procedures Exams Extra-credit paper Email, Sakai, and in-class etiquette Office hours: 2:30-4:30 LSH 332. Please come visit!
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Required Books Giddens, Duneier, Appelbaum th ed. Howard (2007), 4 th ed.
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Teaching Assistant (TA):  Dorota Szymkowiak Office hours Mondays 7-9 p.m. Douglass Student Center Sakai Q&A guru
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Class Lunches: Wednesday at 12:30 at  Tilllett Dining Hall, Livingston Campus February 17 March 9 April 28 Others added, as needed. Please RSVP
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Thinking Like a Sociologist…. We are all “naïve scientists” (Heider) who develop theories by observing patterns in the world around us. We think in terms of “cause and effect.” Sociologists require methodological rigor rather than anecdote .
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How would our class be different if  today were…. 1970? 1955? 1940? The 1890s?
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Sociological Imagination  (Mills  1959) Human lives are the intersection of “biography” and “history.” “An individual can understand his [sic] own experience and gauge his own fate only by locating himself within his period.”
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