Sociology | Social Problems and Policies
S101 | 15151 | Whitsel


TOPIC: Global Society

Welcome to “Global Society,” a sociology course with an emphasis on
the influence of the global on our everyday lives. Throughout the
course of the semester we will examine sociological explanations of
international social problems such as world hunger and global
inequality.
Sociologists are interested in trying to describe the influence of
society on individual behavior and, in turn, the influence of
individual behavior on society. There is not one simple explanation
put forth by sociologists concerning individual behavior, so we will
be exploring various theories and research about how sociologists
explain international social problems.  The first half of the course
is devoted to understanding theories of global inequality in many
dimensions.  In the second half of the course we will investigate
different issues, such as women’s education, terrorism, and
democracy to better understand the possible social aspects related
to them.