Sociology | Introduction to Sociology
S100 | 25749 | Shaddox

Course Descriptions for Spring 2009
25749     MW     8:00AM-9:15AM
S100       Introduction to Sociology (3CR)

Sociology involves the study of human society – its structure,
patterns and problems. This course approaches sociology not simply
as a concrete body of knowledge, but also as a perspective that can
be used to understand human behavior and social order. We will use
this sociological perspective in a number of ways to tackle a range
of issues involving inequality, socialization, deviance, race,
class, gender, religion, and politics. Throughout the semester, the
lectures, discussions, readings and assignments will be structured
around several objectives: (a) To examine the relationship between
the individual and society; (b) To challenge the simple “Well,
that’s just the way things are…” attitude toward social problems;
(c) To understand how these concepts and tools connect to current
issues in today’s world; (d) To develop analytic skills that will
benefit you throughout your time at IU, and beyond.