Sociology | Introduction to Sociology
S100 | 4078 | VonDerHaar
In 1997, Nature magazine published the first account of how
scientists had cloned a lamb from an adult udder cell of a ewe. It
caused a sensation. Just 20 years earlier, scientists argued that it
would be impossible to clone a human being. Now that possibility
seemed inevitable. If it does happen, how will it affect society?
Aldous Huxley was one of the first persons to consider this
question. In his fictional account of a utopian society called Brave
New World, he described how cloning changed every part of society.
Starting with the most basic social institution, the family, he
proceeded to show how this new technology changed the way human
beings interacted and how that fundamentally altered all of society’s
institutions. Ultimately he showed that this designer society was
not so perfect after all.
This course is designed to help you understand how society is
structured and how it operates. In addition to the traditional
institutions considered in a class like this, we will examine how the
media affect society. We will pay particular attention to the
internet and the changes that it is already producing.
Popenoe, David, 2000. Sociology. Upper Saddle River, NJ:
Final grades in the class will be based on four exams and
participation. Attendance is mandatory.