Sociology | Introduction to Sociology
S100 | 12832 | O'Brien

S100, Fall 2008
Course Description

The sociological perspective helps us look beyond individuals to
identify broader social issues. Through this lens, this course
examines a range of societal issues, from face-to-face interaction
to globalization, from social stability to revolution, from the self
to society.  Relating classical and contemporary social theories to
everyday life, we will examine how society assigns meaning to common
concepts like race, class, gender. We will look critically at
societal institutions such as the family, education, and science,
considering how these institutions are shaped by, and in turn shape,

The overall aim of this course is to provide students an
introduction to the discipline of sociology. Three key principles
will guide this introduction.  First, students will learn to use the
sociological perspective to analyze the social world.  To do so we
will look at both individual and societal-level issues.  Second,
students will gain an appreciation of the diversity of cultural and
social systems that we examine in this course, assessing whether
certain social problems are the result of individual character
flaws.  Finally, students will learn to critically analyze the
relationship between society and the individual, exploring how each
affects and is affected by the other.