Sociology | Introduction to Sociology
S100 | 3650 | Mike Wallace


This course will introduce the student to the sociological perspective
for studying society.  It will expose students to a range of
theoretical perspectives for understanding how society works.  The
primary emphasis is on American society, but we will also discuss
other societies in an effort to gain perspective on American society.
After an introduction to some major theories, key concepts, and
research methods, we will consider a variety of topics: culture,
socialization processes, deviance and social control, sexuality,
social inequality, inequalities due to age, race, and gender, social
change, and social movements.  We will also consider the operation of
a number of social institutions such as the family, education, and
religion.

Course requirements include attendance in lectures, keeping up with
assigned readings, and successful completion of three hourly exams and
one comprehensive final exam.  Exams will be a combination of multiple
choice, short answer, and short essay.