Sociology | Introduction to Sociology
S100 | 3643 | Tom 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 always wondered why affirmative action programs were
created.  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?  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?  Will
urban sprawl consume every last acre of greenspace?

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)
Web-based readings to be studied persistently. (3) on-line weekly
quizzes.  (4) Three in-class exams and a final (multiple choice).

Satisfaction guaranteed, or your money back!