Sociology | Introduction to Sociology
S100 | 4089 | Saulsbury


This course is designed to introduce students to sociological
perspectives of social life. One of the more profound insights
sociologists have made is that human beings are both subjects and
objects of history. In Invitation to Sociology, Peter Berger put this
idea in the following way:

"It is quite correct to say that society is objective fact, coercing
and even creating us. But it is also correct to say that our
meaningful acts help to support the edifice of society and may on
occasion help to change it. Indeed, the two statements contain
between them the paradox of social existence: That society defines
us, but is in turn defined by us."

Topics to be examined in this course include sociological theory,
deviant behavior, social inequalities, the health care system, the
media, and collective behavior, to name a few. By the end of the
course, students should be able to:
o	Perceive, understand, and relate the basic concepts of
sociology to themselves and the roles they play in the community as
students, citizens, employees, marriage partners, parents and human
beings.
o	View human behavior from the sociological perspective thereby
observing those features that are common to all cultures and be able
to assess them in the context of their own unique setting.
o	Employ basic sociological concepts in the analysis of current
events thereby arriving at an understanding of the relationship of
individual behavior and the influence of the group.
o	Identify, from the sociological perspective, those factors in
society which contribute to social change, and recognize sound
sociological research procedures when presented in an experimental
framework.