Sociology | Introduction to Sociology
S100 | 3842 | Garnier
S100 Introduction to Sociology (3 CR)
3842 111:15-12:30 TR BH109
PURPOSE: My purpose this semester is to help you acquire enough
familiarity with the ideas and methods of sociology so that you
may use them to understand the social world in which you live.
I will stress analysis (breaking down a situation into its
component parts) and methods (how do we know). I will have
numerous occasions to indicate how sociology relates to other
disciplines, particularly history, psychology and economics.
My intent is that, at the end of the semester, you will possess
an understanding of American society that will be far more
sophisticated than the one you currently possess.
This semester, we will discuss: inequality, economic life and
education in detail.
EXAMINATIONS: There will be 3 examinations and a final. Each
examination tests that part of the course covered since the
last one. The final will be comprehensive. In addition,
exercises in class will prepare students for the tests.
Each examination will have a multiple choice part designed to
measure your knowledge of the material and an essay designed to
measure your understanding.
There are no make-ups. If you have a special problem (you
broke your wrist and cannot write, for example), let me know so
that we may make the necessary arrangements (have someone else
write for you!).
Kozol, Jonathan. 1991. Savage Inequalities: Children in
America's Schools. New York: Crown Publishers.
Harrigan, John. 1993. Empty Dreams, Empty Pockets class
and bias in American Politics.
As this is an interactive course, class attendance is crucial.
Missing any class time is strongly discouraged. Your final
grade will be based on performance on three tests, successful
completion of short and interesting assignments, as well as
class attendance and participation.