Sociology | Introduction to Sociology
S100 | 3835 | Gieryn


S100 Introduction to Sociology (3 CR)
3835 2:30-3:45  MW  SW119
Gieryn

If you want to know why the sky is blue, you take a class in
physics.  If you want to know whether the Great Depression came
before or after World War I, sign up for American history.  If
you want to know the meaning of life, try something in
philosophy.  So why would you enroll in an introductory class
in SOCIOLOGY?

BECAUSE: You never really thought much about female genital
mutilation before, but you are curious to know how such things
can be considered "normal."  Or you are bothered by the ethical
implications of Dolly the cloned lamb--which may be trivial
compared to the economic implications.  Maybe you are puzzled
about how ordinary German citizens could have chosen to obey
Hitler's orders to slaughter Jews during the Holocaust.  Is
there really an "underclass" in this country, who will live in
permanent poverty from generation to generation?  How are
first-born children different from their latter-born brothers
and sisters?  Have school desegregation programs eliminated
racism--or perpetuated it?  How is political instability in
Africa connected to the Ebola Virus in a way that poses huge
threats to the rest of the human world?  Will the United States
ever reach consensus on abortion?  How is the organization of
the workgroups who made the film "Titanic" different from the
workgroups who make a Toyota Camry?

We shall attack these and other questions with the tools of
sociology--concepts to help you see the familiar in new ways;
theories to help you answer "why?;" methods to help you
distinguish reliable claims from bogus ones.

Requirements: (1) Open mind and perfect attendance at lectures.
(2) Read textbook [Calhoun, Light and Keller, Sociology].  (3)
Three in-class exams (short answer, multiple choice) and a
final.

Satisfaction guaranteed, or your money back!