Sociology | Introduction to Sociology (3 CR)
S100 | 10077 | Alderson

9:30AM-10:45AM	MW	BH 103

This course has three general objectives: (1) to introduce you to
the field of sociology; (2) to help you to acquire a broad
understanding of the social forces that influence the world in which
we live; and (3) to equip you with some of the tools that you will
need to prosper in the future, both at IU and in the world beyond.
My goal is to help you develop an informed perspective on
contemporary U.S. society.  However, only part of the course will
directly address the American experience.  Our approach to the study
of human society will be comparative and historical.  The guiding
assumption of the comparative/historical method is that we can
better understand our own society by learning more about other
societies, past and present.  Through discussions, readings,
assignments, and lectures, we will engage a great deal of
information on a broad range of human societies.  As one of the
course requirements, you will also pursue a semester-long study of
your own family history.  These educational experiences are designed
to help you to gain a new understanding of your own society and to
help you develop a number of valuable skills.