Sociology | Introduction to Sociology
S100 | 3597 | Althauser


S100 Introduction to Sociology     Althauser 6:30-9:00 TR   3597
6:30-9:00 T   BH118-LAB
ABOVE SECTION FIRST CLASS MEETING WILL BE IN BH 204
A PORTION OF THE CLASS WILL ATTEND COMPUTER LAB
ABOVE CLASS MEETS FIRST EIGHT WEEKS ONLY

This is an introduction to the basic ideas and core concepts of
sociology, a discipline that straddles "science" and the
humanities.  We live and breathe culture, we are made human by
socialization, social interaction and community.  We are shaped
by social structures, religion, social class, education and the
workplace.  Our very identity depends on our age, gender, race
and ethnicity.  This is a first course in a discipline whose job
is the systematic study and understanding of our social
existence.

Some unique features of this section of S100 should make this
section of S100 of particular interest to: upper-division juniors
and seniors, particularly with interests in careers in education,
and any student who enjoys hands-on work using computers.  Out of
class, there are weekly quizzes over the readings completed over
the Web.  In addition, there will be interesting assignments
using a workbook ("Discovering Sociology") which comes with
software.  Because some students taking evening courses are on
campus only briefly and find it difficult to gain access to
campus computing facilities, the class will be scheduled into a
computer lab reserved for its exclusive use for one hour a week
of (8-9PM Tue) class time.  Instructional staff will be on hand
in the lab to assist you, particularly with your initial attempts
to complete Web Quizzes or to use the "Discovering Sociology"
software.  In addition, the assignments using "Discovering
Sociology" can be completed away from the campus computer network
on stand-alone personal computers.

In addition, we make extensive use of group work during class, in
response to questions posed and answered on worksheets, and often
in response to short video excerpts.

Our sources for assigned readings include:

1.   John Macionis, SOCIOLOGY. 6th edition (the textbook)
(or 7th - decision between editions to be made in Nov)

2.   James Henslin, DOWN TO EARTH SOCIOLOGY.  Introductory
Readings. 8th edition.
(Be sure you have the readings, not the textbook by
Henslin.  Again the 8th edition is not the current one,
but there are enough used copies around for this class)

3.   Steven Barkan, DISCOVERING SOCIOLOGY.  An Introduction
Using Explorit. (Comes with software which will run on \
Windows 95, 3.1 or DOS)

4.   A course pack containing syllabus, readings,
introduction to assignments in the reader, and some
additional readings from newspaper sources.

Copies of the course syllabus and calendar (readings and schedule
of assignments for out of class work using the Web and
Discovering Sociology) are already posted on the course web page
at:
http://www.indiana.edu/~rpasoc/s100/s100.html