Sociology | Introduction to Sociology
S100 | 0592 | Alderson
This course has three general objectives: (1) to introduce you to
the field of sociology; (2) to help you to acquire a broad and deep
understanding of the social forces that influence the world in which
we live; and (3) to equip you with some of the tools that you will
need to prosper in the future, both at IU and in the world beyond.
My goal in this course is to help you develop an informed
perspective on contemporary U.S. society. However, only part of the
course will directly address the American experience. Our approach
to the study of human society will be comparative and historical.
The guiding assumption of the comparative/historical method is that
we can better understand our own society by learning more about
other societies, past and present. Through discussions, readings,
assignments, and lectures, we will engage a great deal of
information on a broad range of human societies. As one of the
course requirements, you will also pursue a semester-long study of
your own family history. These educational experiences are designed
to help you to gain a new understanding of your own society and to
help you develop a number of valuable skills.