Sociology | Introduction to Sociology (3 CR)
S100 | 14895 | Knight


5:45PM-7:00PM	TR	SE 105

Peter L. Berger, author of the classic piece “An Invitation to
Sociology,” which is read in most introductory classes, once said
that sociologists are professional Peeping Toms (or Tomette in my
case). In some ways he is right; we do like to know what goes on in
the public view and behind closed doors.  However, more formally
sociology is the study of social life--how people both create and
are created by the society in which they live and the forces which
bring about social change and order.  In short, sociology is
concerned with the social causes and consequences of human behavior.

As you might be guessing, the subject matter is broad. Whether you
are interested in high school football, the world of "soccer moms",
power and politics, or the early 1990's music scene in Seattle; you
can study it sociologically. This course introduces students to
doing just that: Using the sociological perspective to analyze our
social world.   Students will learn the basic theoretical traditions
and the methods sociologists use to do their work.  In addition, we
will explore research that has been done across several substantive
areas.  For example, we will examine topics such as social
inequality, the construction of gender, education, family life,
crime, culture, and the media. We will utilize readings, film,
music, and other artifacts of social life and culture to engage our
minds and motivate our discussions.

Although the primary objective of the course is to introduce the
discipline of sociology, a secondary goal is to provide students
from diverse backgrounds with an experience that assists them in
cultivating skills that will benefit them in other classes and in
life more generally.