1 Introduction to Sociology Sociology 101 Fall 2010 University of Kentucky Instructor: Christopher Oliver Office: 1529 Patterson Office Tower Office hours: MW 11AM-12 Noon and T 1-3PM Email: [email protected] Phone: (859) 257-6896 (SOC Office) I. The primary objectives of this course are to introduce students to the field of sociology as well as to the practices of sociological inquiry and analysis. Therefore, in this course I will: Objectives A. Provide students with the fundamental tools (i.e., theories, concepts, methods) necessary to examine sociological phenomena, especially as related to individuals, groups and societies. B. Provide students with opportunities to critically analyze sociological phenomena through reading, writing assignments, and class discussion. II. 1. Giddens , Anthony, Mitchell Duneier , and Richard Appelbaum . 2009. Introduction to Sociology . Seventh Edition. New York: W. W. Norton and Company (“ textbook ”). Required Texts 2. Massey , Garth, Editor. 2008. Readings for Sociology . Sixth Edition. New York: W. W. Norton and Company (“ reader ”). 3. Freese , Barbara. 2003. Coal: A Human History . New York: Penguin. 4. Dyson, Michael Eric. 2005. Come Hell or High Water: Hurricane Katrina and the Color of Disaster . New York: Perseus Books. III. General topics to be covered in course • Sociological theories of society : • Culture and society: Historical Perspectives • Socialization and social interaction • Groups, networks and organizations • Conformity, deviance and crime • Stratification, class and inequality • Gender and society • Ethnicity and race • Aging • Government, political power and social movements • Work and economic life • Families and personal relationships • Education • Religion • Sociology of the body and public health • Urbanization, population and the environment • Disasters: natural and human • Globalization and its consequences: Global inequality • Consumer society and consumption IV. A. Assigned Readings. I expect that you will complete each required reading before the class period in which it was assigned. Please bring the textbook (Giddens et al.) and reader (Massey) to EVERY class meeting. Also please bring any additional book(s) or article(s) that we are reading to class with you on the days in which they are required (e.g., if we are reading Giddens et al., Massey, Freese and a newspaper article – please bring all of the books and a copy of the article with you to class). Course Requirements
2 B. Exams. There will be 4 exams of each weight: 1) 3 midterm exams and 2) a final exam . C. Attendance and Participation. Several short group projects and individual assignments will be assigned regularly throughout the course. **Please see Section VI and VII for more details on course requirements** V. A. Below is the course schedule. The instructor(s) reserves the right to change any portion of the syllabus to accommodate special events, guest speakers, etc.
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