Sociology | Introduction to Sociology
S100 | 20982 | Hallett


This is not a traditional introduction to sociology course.  Instead
of using a textbook (which many people find boring), we are going to
be reading autobiographies from a diverse collection of Americans.  In
classes, we are going to learn sociological concepts and apply them to
the autobiographies, as a means to understand the books
sociologically.  In particular, we are going to focus on the
individual actions and decisions (agency) apparent in the readings and
the background social contexts (structure) that enable, constrain, and
inform these individual actions.  We will also consider how the
oftentimes path-breaking actions (agency) of these individuals create
opportunities (structure) for others.  In addition to the readings, we
will be analyzing portions of three documentaries in class.  In light
of these materials, I hope we will reflect on our own backgrounds and
experiences as a means to inform our own actions in everyday life.