Sociology | Introduction to Sociology
S100 | 0572 | Dixon


Can children ever become “normal” after long periods of isolation?
Why do we act so weird on elevators?  Why do men tend to invade
women’s personal space?  When making decisions, are two or more
heads really better than one?  Would people like you and me
electrocute a stranger?  Why is sodomy legally prohibited in some
states but not others?  Are some people “more equal” than others in
the United States?  Is racial hostility a thing of the past, or does
it continue today?  Is affirmative action necessary or desirable?
How is society changing, and is it for the better?

These are some of the questions we will attempt to tackle in
Sociology 100.  The substance of this course is broad and draws
insights from other social sciences and humanities, most notably
psychology, social psychology, political science, economics, and

After you complete this course, you will have a heightened sense of
awareness of the social forces that act upon you and that you act
upon.  Moreover, you will have a broad understanding of the
fundamental concepts, theories, and methods in the field of
sociology.  On a limited scale, you will also be able to apply these
concepts, theories, and methods to “real life” social issues and
problems.  Finally, you will be able to think critically and
creatively about social issues and problems.