Sociology | Introduction to Sociology
S100 | 20986 | Everitt


Sociology is unique from other sciences because it offers social
explanations of what people do and why.  As opposed to psychologists
or biologists, sociologists believe that peoples' beliefs, actions,
and the conditions of their lives come mainly from the interactions
they share amongst each other rather than the inner workings of their
minds of the contents of their genetic code.  Sociologists believe
that the ways people communicate with each other, learn from each
other, fight with each other, help each other, and identify each
other are the foundation of human existence.  Sociology is the study
of those processes with the assumption that human interaction forms
both individual traits and societal conditions.

The main purpose of this course is to introduce you sociological
explanations of the world around you.  Towards that end, I will spend
the semester showing you ways that sociologists think as well as what
sociologists actually do.  We will cover many topics important to
sociological understanding.  I have divided the course into the
following units which I believe capture, in general terms, many of
the concepts central to sociological understanding:

"Greed" - Social Stratification
"Violence" - Social Control, Deviance, and Ideology
"Sex" - Gender Inequality and Socialization

Of course, we will cover these course topics in a variety of ways.
In so doing, I aim to show you the ways that sociologists think.
Through your own class projects, you will familiarize yourself with
what sociologists actually do when they study the issues we will
cover in class.  Another purpose of this course is to improve you
overall skills as a student.  My goal is to help all you become
better writers, better readers, and better speakers.  Therefore, the
class will include a series of discussions, exams, and a paper
associated with your semester project.