Sociology | Introduction to Sociology
S100 | 3735 | 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 about risks posed
by “Frankenfood.” 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 green space?
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 and thoroughly. (3)
Three in-class exams and a final (short answer).
Satisfaction guaranteed, or your money back!