Introduction to Sociology
|Unit(s): 6.0||Level(s): I||Term(s): Summer||Offered?: Yes|
In this course we will explore a range of topics studied by sociologists to help us better understand our social world and our place in it. Sociology allows us to connect our personal experiences to a broader social context and to understand the larger social forces that impact our lives. A sociological perspective illuminates how personal choices and individual destinies are shaped by larger social forces and sometimes constrained by the broader societal context. This course will engage and perhaps challenge your views on a wide range of issues that affect us all. The course will provide you with the tools to critically evaluate ‘common-sense’ understandings of society which are all too often rooted in myth and assumption rather than evidence. The course aims to develop important academic skills including library research, effective writing, critical thinking, and active reading. There is a range of topics covered in this course including sociological theory, methods, culture, socialization, inequality, family, globalization, crime and deviance, gender and sexuality, and work and the economy.