Sociology | Introduction to Sociology
S100 | 3644 | Elizabeth Nelson


The basic insight of sociology is that human behavior is shaped by the
groups to which people belong and by the social interaction that takes
place within those groups.  We are who we are and we behave the way we
do because we happen to live  in a particular society at a particular
point in space and time.  People tend to accept their social world
unquestioningly, as something "natural."  But the sociological
perspective enables us to see society as a temporary social product,
created by human beings and capable of being changed by them as well.

The sociological perspective invites us to look at our familiar
surroundings in a fresh way.  It encourages us to take a new look at
the world we have always taken for granted, to examine our social
environment with the same curiosity that we might bring to an exotic
foreign culture.  This course will help you develop an ability to
understand and apply the sociological perspective.

"The first wisdom of sociology is this-Things are not what they seem."
Peter Berger