SOC 101
Invitation to Sociology Spring 2025 (also offered Fall 2024)
Division II Difference, Power, and Equity

Class Details

This course provides students with an introduction to sociological analysis and an overview of sociology as a discipline. We will focus on the relationship of individuals to the social world and become acquainted with systematic institutional analysis. Students will explore the intersection of biography, history, culture, and social structure as seen in the work of classical and contemporary social thinkers, including Marx, Durkheim, Weber, Simmel, Du Bois, and Goffman. Special consideration will be given to the social and cultural problems of capitalism, rationality and irrationality in modern institutions and organizations, the psychological dilemmas facing the individual in modern society, and the problem of social order and conflict. Students will emerge from the semester equipped with an analytical lens that will enable them to see the social world — ranging from everyday interactions to broad political struggle — in a new light.
The Class: Format: lecture
Limit: 30
Expected: 30
Class#: 3268
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Thoughtful and consistent participation, several research memos and presentations, book review, final research paper
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: strictly limited to first-year students and sophomores (with exceptions for declared ANTH or SOC majors)
Distributions: Division II Difference, Power, and Equity
DPE Notes: This course interrogates the social construction of identities, and how these differences manifest unequally in institutions.

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