OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY
INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY: SOC 1113
COURSE SYLLABUS: Fall, 2011
Kevin W Spencer, M.S.
Office: MUR 405
Phone: (405) 744-8118; 744-6105
Office hours: MWF 8:15-9:15; or by appointment
Macionis, John J. 2010.
Society: The Basic (11
ed): With Additional Readings in
. New York: Pearson.
SOC 1113 explores some of the ways social scientists explain human behavior.
In contrast to psychology, sociology shows how the structure and collective
experience of groups influence how people live.
Among characteristic questions
Why are some people wealthy and others poor, and how does this mold their
lives and views of one another?
How are adult roles developed, and how are
children brought up to occupy them?
Why do conflicts develop between groups
within a society, and how can they be managed?
Why do societies designate
some behavior as “deviant,” and how are individuals recruited into deviant
patterns of behavior?
By grappling with these questions, students should develop
an appreciation of differences between groups and of the complexities of social
Following satisfactory completion of this course, you will be able to:
demonstrate knowledge of basic sociological concepts about social processes
(e.g., socialization, deviance, social control, and stratification by class, gender,
and race) and social institutions (e.g., the family, religion, and the state); (b)
summarize theoretical or explanatory arguments in sociology; (c) apply these
arguments to contemporary events or personal experience; and (d) display
knowledge of cultural, class, religious, and other differences within and between
Brief Course Outline:
The course generally follows the outline of the text.
The course is designed to
cover about one chapter per week.
But be prepared, the course starts off slow
then accelerates throughout the semester. See our tentative readings schedule for