Sociology | Introduction to Sociology
S100 | 3836 | Alderson

S100 Introduction to Sociology (3 CR)
3836 2:30-3:45 MW   CH001

This course has three general objectives: (1) to introduce you
to the field of sociology; (2) to help you to acquire a broad
and deep understanding of the social forces that influence the
world in which we live; and (3) to equip you with some of the
tools that you will need to prosper in the future, both at IU
and in the new global information economy.

My goal in this course is to help you develop an informed
perspective on contemporary U.S. society.  However, only a
small part of the course will directly address the American
experience.  Our approach to the study of human society will be
comparative and historical.  The guiding assumption of the
comparative/historical method is that we can better understand
our own society by learning more about other societies, past
and present.  In discussions, readings, group presentations,
and lectures, we will engage a great deal of information on a
broad range of human societies.  As one of the course
requirements, you will also pursue a semester-long study of
another contemporary society.  These educational experiences
are designed to help you to gain both a new understanding of
your own society and a greater appreciation for the world at