Sociology | Introduction to Sociology (3 CR)
S100 | 10079 | Steffy

2:30P-3:45P	TR	SE 140

Observing the world through a sociological lens is often a
simultaneously fascinating and unsettling endeavor.  Sociologists
ask broad and critical questions about the world we live in such as:
Who benefits from the way things are and who does not?  Who has the
power to change social arrangements or to keep them the same?  How
does society shape our individual lives?  How do the choices we make
everyday influence society?  In order to answer these questions,
sociologists adopt a unique perspective – the “sociological
imagination” – that allows them to look beyond our everyday
experiences to reveal the social forces that shape our thoughts,
feelings, and even our chances to succeed in life.  In addition,
sociologists use their unique perspective to study how the decisions
we make everyday help to shape the larger society.  In short,
sociologists examine both how society creates individuals and how
individuals create society.

In doing so, sociologists ask an incredibly broad array of
questions.  Why are so many of our clothes made overseas?  Why are
more than 1 in 5 American children living in poverty?  Why do we
associate pink with girls and blue with boys?  Are Americans
fighting a “culture war?”  How is it that Americans worry about
eating too much while people in some other parts of the world
struggle to obtain enough food to survive?  This course will expose
students to some of the theoretical and methodological tools that
sociologists use to answer questions like these.  As we explore
these theories and methods, we will cover a host of substantive
topics, which will likely include inequality and social class, the
social construction of race and gender, religion, the economy,
culture, sexuality, and the media.