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Introduction to Sociology
This course is a general introduction to the discipline of sociology. The main objective will be to explore ways of understanding the social organization of our society and human behaviour. We will investigate theoretical and methodological approaches used in analyzing major substantive issues that guide social life.
The course will be divided into 3 major sections. We will begin with an introduction to the main perspectives and concepts that guide sociology and the research methods that allow us to study them. The second section focuses on culture and socialization including a look at how the family, gender, and media affect our socialization, while exploring forms of inequality in society and the impact of this on social life.
Specifically we will focus on social stratification, gender, race and ethnic inequality. Finally we will look at the processes of social change including urbanization, environment, population and aging, globalization, deviance and social movements.
COURSE OUTLINE & READING SCHEDULE
Developing a Sociological Imagination &
Introduction to Theory
Sociological Investigation/ Research Methods
Victoria Day – No Class
Media & Review for Test #1
Wednesday May 30 TEST #1
Race/Ethnicity and Class Stratification
Groups and Organizations
Health & Medicine - Pharmaceuticals
RESEARCH PAPER DUE
Population & Urbanization
Collective Behaviour & Social Movements &
Research Paper (25% of course grade)
The paper will consist of the following. Students will define a sociological research question. The topic must be relevant to information in the Macionis text or an issue discussed in lecture. The Macionis text identifies research topics throughout each chapter, in the boxes and in the form of critical-thinking questions at the end of each chapter. Write a research paper that examines and analyzes a sociological topic and addresses a research question using a sociological theory.
The paper should be 4-5 pages in length. It is due in class on Wednesday July 18, 2007. The paper should be typewritten in 12 point font, double-spaced, with one inch margins on all sides. Each assignment must include a title page with at least your name, student number, title and date. You may use either MLA or Chicago Manual documentation style for references and bibliography. These are outlined in detail in the little brown essential handbook for writers. Please keep an additional copy of your paper in case it is lost or misplaced. More specific details will be discussed in class.
*Most of the grade will be based on the quality of what is written. However, assignments will also be marked for grammar, spelling and clarity. Please be sure to proofread.
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