Sociology | Introduction to Sociology
S100 | 3638 | Linda Semu


This is an introductory course to the study of Sociology.  Through the
course, students will acquire an understanding of how society affects
the actions, thoughts and feelings of people individually, as well as
groups of people.  The course is divided into four thematic sections.
The first section covers an overview of theoretical perspectives and
research methods used by Sociologists.  In addition, the place of the
individual in society is examined, in terms of how culture,
socialization, crime and deviance largely influences the way an
individual interacts with others in society.  The second section
examines the question of stratification in society.  In examining this
theme, an attempt is made to understand the basis of, and the dynamics
of difference and inequality and how they largely determine the social
location of individuals in the social structure.  The third theme
looks at social institutions and how these help explain the
organization of various societies.  A special emphasis is placed on
the family, education, religion, health and health care.  The final
theme is that of globalization and inequality.  This section analyzes
global economic and political processes, and how they affect and are
affected by local level economic and political processes.  Although
emphasis is placed on patterns in the U.S. society, cross-cultural
issues will also be discussed.  By the end of the course, you should
have a basic understanding of Sociology as a discipline, as well as
the organization of individual societies, and how these are
structurally linked within a larger global context.