Sociology | Introduction to Sociology
S100 | 20268 | 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 racismCor 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
sociologyCconcepts 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!