Sociology | Introduction to Sociology
S100 | 3597 | Everitt

S100	Introduction to Sociology (3CR)
3597	11:45A-1:20p	MTWR	BH344

Sociology is unique from other sciences because it offers social
explanations of what people do and why.  As opposed to psychologists
or biologists, sociologists believe that peoples’ beliefs, actions,
and life conditions come mainly from the interactions they share
amongst each other rather than the inner workings of their minds or
the contents of their DNA.  Sociologists believe that the ways
people communicate with each other, identify with each other, learn
from each other, fight with each other and help each other are the
foundation of human existence.  Sociology is the study of those
processes with the assumption that human interaction forms both
individual traits and societal conditions.
As such, sociologists look to human interaction when trying to
understand social problems.  The main purpose of this course is to
introduce you to sociological explanations of some key problems
which confront our society.  In particular, we will analyze a
variety of problems which relate to the reason you are enrolled in
this course: the pursuit of education and people’s career
opportunities.  For example, why is it that more people are going to
college than ever before, yet there is evidence that the middle
class is shrinking?  Why is it that there is a growing number of
people who work 40-plus hours per week and still live in relative
poverty?  Why is it that girls are largely outperforming boys at all
levels of schooling, yet women continue to earn roughly 76 cents on
the dollar that men earn?  We will wrestle with questions such as
these, and draw upon sociological research to help us better
understand social problems in education and work – problems which
all of us will be forced to confront in one way or another during
the course of our lives.
Another purpose of this course is to improve your overall skills as
a student.  My goal is to help all of you become better writers,
better readers, and better speakers.  Therefore, we will do a lot of
all three through a series of discussions, exams, and a short paper
on a social problem of your choosing.