Syllabus.SOC105.Grossman.Summer2011[1]

Syllabus.SOC105.Grossman.Summer2011[1] - Sociology 105:01...

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Sociology 105:01 – Sociological Perspectives San Francisco State University, Summer 2011 Monday/Wednesday, 1:15-5:15pm Thornton Hall, Room 327 Sociology 105:01 (Grossman) Summer 2011 Page 1 of 5 Brian R. Grossman, MSPH, PhD Teaching Assistant: Elaine Moody-Davis, B.S. Office: HSS 370 E-mail: Brian.Grossman@sjsu.edu (preferred!) Office Hours: Wednesday, 12 noon-1pm Mailbox: Grossman in HSS 370 Course Description: 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. Additionally, 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. Required Text: Schwalbe, M. (2008). The sociologically examined life: Pieces of the conversation (4 th 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 (6 th Ed.) . Boston: McGraw Hill Higher Education. Ferguson, S.J. (2008). Mapping the social landscape: Readings in sociology (5 th Ed.) Boston: McGraw Hill Higher Education. Hill Collins, P. (2005). Black Sexual Politics: African Americans, gender, and the new racism. New York: Routledge. Accommodations Statement : It is the Instructor’s responsibility and express interest to make this course accessible to all students. Please 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).
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