Sociology | Introduction to Sociology
S100 | 10880 | Everitt
Sociology is unique from other sciences because it offers social
explanations of what people do and why. As opposed to psychologists
or biologists, sociologists believe that peoples’ beliefs, actions,
and life conditions come mainly from the interactions they share
amongst each other rather than the inner workings of their minds or
the contents of their genetic codes. Sociologists believe that the
ways people communicate with each other, identify each other, learn
from each other, fight with each other and help each other are the
foundation of human existence. Sociology is the study of those
processes with the assumption that human interaction forms both
individual traits and societal conditions.
The main purpose of this course is to introduce you to sociological
explanations of the world around you. Towards that end, I will
spend the semester showing you ways that sociologists think as well
as what sociologists actually do. We will cover many topics
important to sociological understanding. I have divided the course
into the following units which I believe capture, in general terms,
many of the concepts central to sociological understanding:
“Greed” – Social Stratification
“Violence” – Social Control, Deviance, and Ideology
“Sex” – Gender Inequality and Socialization
Of course, we will cover these course topics in a variety of ways.
In so doing, I aim to show you the ways that sociologists think.
Through your own class projects, you will familiarize yourself with
what sociologists actually do when they study the issues we will
cover in class.
Another purpose of this course is to improve your overall skills as
a student. My goal is to help all of you become better writers,
better readers, and better speakers. Therefore, we will do a lot of
all three through a series of discussions, exams, and a paper
associated with your semester project.