syllabus - Soc 101, Introduction to Sociology Spring 2010...

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Soc 101, Introduction to Sociology Spring 2010 12:15-1:30 ILC 118 Dr. Ginna Husting, Professor David Coates, Teaching Assistant Extraordinaire Office: L171B contact: 426-1365 --if it’s important, COME TO OFFICE HOURS Office Hours : T.A. David Coates: Dr. Husting: Tu, Thurs 1:40-3:30, Wed 2-3 (these may change after the second week: doublecheck them on Blackboard) Course Overview What is the sociological imagination? How are we shaped by, or independent of, our social environments? Is your own experience typical of most people in the U.S.? How about most people in the world today? How do people do things together? These are a few of the questions we will read about, argue about, and ultimately, answer by the end of this semester. While sociology embraces many different kinds of research, concepts, and theories, most sociologists work seeks to answer one of two central sets of problems: first, "How is social order possible, and how is it maintained over time?"; second, "how is social change possible? How can we change the social order?" By the end of this course, you will be able to think sociologically about society, and supply some answers to these problems. You will develop an understanding of your role in making, maintaining, or changing society. Social systems and their members (people) are co-constituting. We will examine the way people construct systems that end up shaping their behavior and identities, as well as the way people can in turn change the systems that shape them. We will examine the following kinds of processes: *socialization *social construction of meaning *identity formation *constructions of normality and deviance * power and inequality Learning Outcomes Expected in SOC 101 : 1. Critical Thinking/ Breadth of Knowledge and Intellectual Perspective -Learn to apply 1
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