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SOC 101: Introduction to Sociology

Joyce Tang

(Submission #114)

Course Description

This is a great time to study sociology! We are witnessing dramatic changes in the nature of the economy, work, families, communities, political systems, workplaces, and organizations. Socialist societies and western democracies are facing basic questions about their systems and values. To comprehend the staggering events unfolding in the news media everyday, it is essential to have familiarity with sociological theories and explanations.

Sociology is one the many different disciplines in the liberal arts from which to look at the world and ourselves in it. It is a discipline which challenges conventional wisdom, dissolves myths about social reality, and studies how human interaction is responsible for the social world and much of individual experience and identity.

The course is designed to expose students to a framework for understanding individual actions in the social context. It offers an introduction to the basic concepts, theories, methods, and findings of sociology that help describe and explain the sociopolitical, socioeconomic, cultural, and organizational structures of society. This course will teach students “sociological imagination.” Students will apply theories and explanations to a wide range of topics including social inequality, gender and family, race and ethnicity, the educational and health care systems, and aging.

In addition to using a textbook, readings will include original writings of key thinkers and scholars in the discipline as well as the findings of recent studies.


Area of Knowledge and Inquiry: Analyzing Social Structures (SS)
Context of Experience: Not Applicable
Extended Requirement: Not Applicable

Additional Course information

Credits: 3
Existing Course: Existing
Existing Course Number: Soc 101
Course Anticipated to be offered: Every Semester
Other (if specified): 
Number of Sections: 20
Number of Seats: 45


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