Sociology 105:01 – Sociological Perspectives
San Francisco State University, Summer 2011
Thornton Hall, Room 327
Sociology 105:01 (Grossman) Summer 2011
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Brian R. Grossman, MSPH, PhD
Elaine Moody-Davis, B.S.
Wednesday, 12 noon-1pm
Grossman in HSS 370
This course provides students with an introduction to Sociology, a field of study that simultaneously explores
the influence of society on individuals and groups, and the impact of these individuals and groups on the
structure of society.
Students will describe the economic, political, and cultural organization of U.S. society
and analyze the ways in which these forms of organization shape opportunities for action.
students will identify the impact of individual actions, small group mobilization, and larger social movements
on the organization of U.S. society.
Power will be offered as a framework through which students can
approach questions of poverty, inequality, exploitation, and human suffering.
Students will be encouraged to speak and write about “society” not as a monolithic, unchangeable force
across space and time but rather as a specific constellation of power, resources, and ideas in a particular place
at a unique moment in time.
Throughout this course, students will be supported in their struggles to
understand the seemingly conflicting realities of centuries old beliefs, habitual behaviors, and social
institutions, and the introduction of innovation and calls for change.
From a theoretical perspective, this
course will operate from a combined political economy and symbolic interactionist approach, focusing on
both the political and economic structures of society and the cultural and meaning-based systems that
influence and are influenced by action.
Schwalbe, M. (2008).
The sociologically examined life: Pieces of the conversation
Ed.). Boston: McGraw
Hill Higher Education.
Other readings available on iLearn, include selections from:
Domhoff, G.W. (2010).
Who rules America?: Challenges to corporate and class dominance
Boston: McGraw Hill Higher Education.
Ferguson, S.J. (2008).
Mapping the social landscape: Readings in sociology
McGraw Hill Higher Education.
Hill Collins, P. (2005).
Black Sexual Politics: African Americans, gender, and the new racism.
It is the Instructor’s responsibility and express interest to make this course accessible to all students.
communicate your need for accommodations to the Instructor as soon as possible so that appropriate action
can be taken.
You can also contact the Disability Resource Center at 338-2472 (voice/TTY).