Jonathan M Wender
Human interaction, social institutions, social stratification, socialization, deviance, social control, social and cultural change. Course content may vary, depending upon instructor.
We will explore and reflect on the inseparable relation between sociology and everyday modern life. During the first part of the class, we will work to develop a general understanding of some of the key theoretical and methodological premises of sociology. Once we have laid this foundation, we will devote our attention to exploring a wide variety of everyday social phenomena ranging from fear and money to eating and death, with a view toward gaining a deeper knowledge of the phenomena themselves, as well as to appreciate how sociology can shed light on the structure and meaning of ordinary life. By the end of the quarter, you will have a heightened ability to reflect with intelligence and imagination on the social world of which you are an intrinsic element.
Student learning goals
• To understand the nature of sociology, how it frames and approaches social phenomena, and how it integrates with other fields and disciplines.
• To understand the role of sociological thinking in your own self-reflections and self-identity.
• To appreciate the complex, astonishing, and controversial nature of social phenomena.
• To improve your ability to be a critical, deliberative reader.
• To improve your ability to write well.
• To improve your ability to engage in civic dialogue.
General method of instruction
Dynamic, interactive lectures and quiz sections. Be prepared to participate!
Class assignments and grading
A combination of exams and writing assignments. All class assignments are designed to improve "real world" practical skills. Optional service learning component.
TBA at the beginning of the quarter.