someone said or wrote on a specific topic. The course has several components: •Lectures •Reading assignments •Research tasks •Media (audio/video, tables and charts, still images) •Study guides •PowerPoint presentations •Supplementary postings from the news media These components complement and reinforce one another. They have been chosen to help you understand the content of course ideas and help you apply them to topics in the real world and research papers. Each class session will address a set of concepts drawn from readings, with some data, references to the real world, or references to course media. To do well in this course you will have to attend lectures. However, success in this class requires more effort. The content of lectures will not be limited to facts you need to know for an exam. Instead, lectures are opportunities for you to observe and practice sociological thinking. Please do not allow yourself to drift or mistakenly think that nothing of value is taking place in class discussions or presentations. If you find yourself thinking that way, see me for help getting back on track. Course Sites: bSpace.berkeley.edu and site.ebrary.com/lib/berkeley/ You will need immediate and regular internet access to the course site. At bSpace, I will post: •Administrative announcements •Downloadable assignment instructions •Handouts •Lecture notes Access to the course site is also necessary for you to participate in online course discussion groups. Make sure you have an active email account on record with the registrar (bearfacts.berkeley.edu) that you actually look at. I will also email you often via bSpace, which uses an automatically generated course mailing list from the registrar’s data base of student information. I will use the course web site starting today, to which you will have access automatically as an enrolled student. Course Materials PowerPoint slides, lecture notes and study guides will be posted online. These will summarize and supplement lectures and conversations in class. These items will be posted at the “Resources” tab at the course site. Please use these materials to help integrate readings, lectures and class discussions in your understanding of the course.