Sociology | Introduction to Sociology
S100 | 4727 | Semu

Perhaps one of our biggest challenges in the new millennium is the
need to understand how our own society and the larger world work.
The knowledge that our lives are affected by events in our own as
well as other societies can be simultaneously exciting and
intimidating.  If you are excited and motivated to learn and
understand about society, then Welcome to Sociology!  Sociology is
the systematic study of human society and social interaction.
Sociology enables us to examine how social forces influence our
lives as individuals.  It also enables us to see the complex
connections between our own lives and the larger, recurring trends
of the society and the world in which we inhabit.  In this
introductory course to the study of Sociology, we will examine
social interactions between individuals at the micro-level of
society as well as the broad spectrum of patterns in interactions
found at the macro-level of society.  This course is divided into
three sections.  In the first section, students will be introduced
to the Sociological Perspective and Research Process through review
of the major theoretical perspectives that Sociologists use to
analyze social issues.  The section also outlines quantitative and
qualitative methods of sociological research.  The
second section will examine Social Institutions and how these help
to explain the organizations of various societies.  This section
will make students aware of the importance of social institutions
and will illustrate how a problem in one institution often tends to
affect other institutions.  The third section will focus on social
dynamics, social change and how the global economic and political
processes affect and are in turn, affected by local level economic
and political processes.  While emphasis will be placed on the U.S.
society, cross-cultural issues will also be discussed.  At the end
of the course, students will have a basic understanding of Sociology
as a discipline, as well as the organization of individual societies
and how these are structurally linked within a larger global context.