| Introduction to Sociology
S100 | 3595 | Gieryn
S100 Introduction to Sociology Gieryn 1:00-2:15 TR 3595
If you want to know why the sky is blue, you take a class in
physics. If you want to know whether the Great Depression came
before or after World War I, sign up for American history. If
you want to know the meaning of life, try something in
philosophy. So why would you enroll in an introductory class in
BECAUSE: You never really thought much about female genital
mutilation before, but you are curious to know how such things
can be considered "normal." Or you are bothered by the ethical
implications of Dolly the cloned lamb--which may be trivial
compared to the economic implications. Maybe you are puzzled
about how ordinary German citizens could have chosen to obey
Hitler's orders to slaughter Jews during the Holocaust. Is there
really an "underclass" in this country, who will live in
permanent poverty from generation to generation? How are first-
born children different from their latter-born brothers and
sisters? Have school desegregation programs eliminated racism--
or perpetuated it? How is political instability in Africa
connected to the Ebola Virus in a way that poses huge threats to
the rest of the human world? Will the United States ever reach
consensus on abortion? How is the organization of the workgroups
who made the film "Titanic" different from the workgroups who
make a Toyota Camry?
We shall attack these and other questions with the tools of
sociology--concepts to help you see the familiar in new ways;
theories to help you answer "why?;" methods to help you
distinguish reliable claims from bogus ones.
Requirements: (1) Open mind and perfect attendance at lectures.
(2) Read textbook [Calhoun, Light and Keller, Sociology]. (3)
Three in-class exams (short answer, multiple choice) and a final.
Satisfaction guaranteed, or your money back!