Sociology | Introduction to Sociology
S100 | 0593 | Rosenbaum

As the title implies, this course will introduce you to sociological
theory, research, and applications.  Have you ever wondered how the
globalization of the economy will affect your experiences at work
after you graduate from college?  How about the relationship between
the media and society?  Why do people who grow up in different areas
of the country seem ‘strange’ when we meet them?  How do people
become part of different groups, and how do these groups
differentiate themselves from other groups?  Is life in a large city
alienating?  These are just a few of the questions we will explore
in this class.

Sociologists are interested in how social structures influence the
ways that people behave and interact.  After being introduced to the
sociological perspective, you will have a better grasp of how
history and social context affect individual lives, and how
individual lives in turn reproduce or alter social structures, such
as the media, the family, education, and the workplace.

You will be expected to attend all lectures, read assignments on
time, and take three exams.  We will also spend a significant amount
of time discussing the assigned material, as well as their
applications to various aspects of our lives.  Do not expect to come
away from this class with a set of correct answers.  Rather, expect
to come away with an improved ability to analyze social situations,
evaluate evidence on the causes of social phenomena, and an ability
to apply different theoretical perspectives to social problems.