Sociology | Introduction to Sociology
S100 | 3651 | Robyn Ryle

If you can show me how I can cling to that which is real to me, while
teaching me a way into the larger society, then I will not only drop
my defenses and my hostility, but I will sing your praises and help
you to make the desert bear fruit.
Ralph Ellison	

If sociology can't help give us a better understanding of the world
and our own place within it, then there's just not much point.  In
this class we'll be trying to make connections between the things that
are real to you and the larger society in which we all live.  Bring
your imagination, your burning curiosity about the world and the
people in it, and a good work ethic.  In order to learn about
sociology and the topics sociologists study (like gender, race and
ethnicity, deviance, religion, popular culture) we're going to have to
do some actual down and dirty, nitty-gritty sociology.  In the end,
you should expect to come away with a firm grasp of what sociology as
a discipline involves, what kinds of things sociologists study (which
is just about everything), how they study those things, and why any of
this should matter to you at all.