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Introduction to Sociology 01:920:101:R2 Spring 2011 Tuesday & Friday, 12:00pm ­ 1:20pm Beck Hall 221, Livingston Instructor: Alexis Merdjanoff Office: Davison Hall, Room 108 Office Hours: Friday 10am ­ 11:30am & ABA Email: [email protected] Course Description This course is designed to introduce you to the major theories and methods of sociology, as well as some of the fundamental arguments of social life. Sociology is sometimes deemed the "study of the obvious" because we are all participants and observers of the social world; however, we will learn in this course how sociology is the scientific study of social life. We will explore several substantive areas of sociology in theoretically informed ways and examine how they are rooted in the patterns, institutions, and interactions of the social world. By examining such themes as inequality, culture, norms, values, family, organizations, and deviance you will cultivate an understanding of a variety of sociological perspectives and develop an increased awareness of contemporary society. Although this course will provide an introduction to key sociological theories and concepts, the goal is for you to gain a deeper understanding of the complexities of social life and how it shapes the everyday world around you. Required Course Materials There is only one book required for this course. It's available for purchase at the College Avenue Bookstore: Ferguson, Susan J. 2009. Mapping the Social Landscape: Readings in Sociology, 6th Edition. New York: McGraw-Hill. Please Note: Readings not included in this book will be available on our Sakai site. Course Requirements In this course, the daily format will vary. In addition to class lectures, we will watch films, have debates, and do small group exercises. In order to make this an engaging and rewarding experience for everyone, students are required to complete all of the assigned readings before class and actively participate. As this is a Gateway course, attendance is mandatory. If you anticipate missing class or are unable to attend, please send me an email. To emphasize the importance of these aspects of class, ten percent of your grade will be based on attendance and participation. There is a research paper for this class. However, we will work on it throughout the semester and break up the requirements. Each section (Introduction, Methods, Background, Findings, Conclusion) is approximately one to three pages in length (12 point font, double-spaced, standard one-inch margins). Additionally, each student will be asked to do one short (10 minutes) overview of 1

his or her findings at the end of the semester on Friday, April 29th. The purpose of this project is for you to gain a deeper understanding of what sociologists actually do. The final research paper (and presentation) will be worth forty percent of your final grade. Finally, there will be two in-class exams. Exam 1 will take place on Tuesday, March 8th and will cover all lectures and readings to date. This will constitute twenty-five percent of your grade. Exam 2 will take place on Friday, April 22nd. Exam 2 will cover the remaining material, and in other words, is not cumulative. It is worth twenty-five percent of your grade. Both exams will have a varied format, consisting of multiple choice and short answer questions. Extra Credit Option: We will watch two films during the course. After each film, students can submit a one to two page memo that summarizes and then analyzes the film within the scope of our class discussions. These write-ups are worth 0-5 points depending on their quality and can be put towards your exams. They are due the class following the completion of the film. Grading System Rutgers University uses a lettered grading system. Your final grade will be assigned in accordance with this system, shown below. A B+ B C+ 90-100 86-89 80-85 76-79 C D F 70-75 60-69 < 60

Grading: 25% Exam 1 25% Exam 2 40% Research Paper 10% Class Participation and Attendance University and Department Policies The Rutgers University Department of Sociology encourages the free exchange of ideas in a safe, supportive, and productive classroom environment. To facilitate such an environment, students and faculty must act with mutual respect and common courtesy. Thus, behavior that distracts students and faculty is not acceptable. Such behavior includes cell phone use, surfing the internet, checking email, text messaging, listening to music, reading newspapers, leaving and returning, leaving early without permission, discourteous remarks, and other behaviors specified by individual instructors. Courteous and lawful expression of disagreement with the ideas of the instructor or fellow students is, of course, permitted. If a student engages in disruptive behavior, the instructor, following the University Code of Student Conduct, may direct the student to leave class for the remainder of the class period. Instructors may specify other consequences in their syllabi. Serious verbal assaults, harassment, or defamation of the instructor or other students can lead to university disciplinary proceedings. The University Code of Student Conduct is at 2

Honor Code: All students are responsible for knowing and abiding by the University Honor Code. Unless specifically stated by the instructor, all work for the course should be an individual effort.

Course Schedule and Reading Assignments

Introduction: Course Overview 1/18 No Reading The Sociological Perspective 1/21 C. Wright Mills. "The Promise." Reading 1: 1-7. Mary Romero. "An Intersection of Biography and History: My Intellectual Journey." Reading 3: 20-33. Social Research 1/25 Craig Haney, et al. "Interpersonal Dynamics in a Simulated Prison." Reading 5: 43-52. Mitchell Duneier. "Sidewalk." Reading 6: 53-60. Culture 1/28 Barry Glassner. "The Culture of Fear." Reading 7: 61-68. Paula England and Reuben J. Thomas. "The Decline of the Date and the Rise of the College Hook Up." Reading 8: 69-78. 2/1 Sabeen Sandhu. "Instant Karma: The Commercialization of Asian Indian Culture." Reading 9: 78-887. Haunani-Kay Trask. "Lovely Hula Hands: Corporate Tourism and the Prostitution of Hawaiian Culture." Reading 10: 88-95. We will not hold class today. Please use our class time to work on your research project.


Socialization 2/8 Robert Granfield. "Making It By Faking It." Reading 13: 123-135. Gwynne Dyer. "Anybody's Son Will Do." Reading 14: 135-146. Groups and Social Structure 2/11 Patricia A. Adler and Peter Adler. "Peer Power: Clique Dynamics among School Children." Reading 15: 147-161. Christine L. Williams. "Shopping as Symbolic Interaction." Reading 17: 172-183. Social Stratification and Inequality 2/15 Kingsley Davis and Wilbert E. Moore. "Some Principles of Stratification." Reading 23: 247256. 2/18 2/22 G. William Domhoff. "Who Rules America?" Reading 24: 257-270. Thomas M. Shapiro. "The Hidden Cost of Being African American." Reading 25: 270-281. Film: Rich Kids



We will not hold class today. Please use our class time to work on your research project.

Crime and Deviance 3/1 Martin Sanchez Jankowski. "Gang Business: Making Ends Meet." Reading 16: 162-172. David L. Rosenhan. "On Being Sane in Insane Places." Reading 19: 197-207. 3/4 Paul Draus and Robert G. Carlson. "Down on Main Street: Drugs and the Small-Town Vortex." Reading 21: 218-234. A. Ayres Boswell and Joan Z. Spade. "Fraternities and Collegiate Rape Culture: Why Are Some Fraternities More Dangerous Places for Women?" Reading 22: 234-246. Exam 1


Gender 3/11 Barbara Risman. "Gender as Structure." Reading 27: 295-304. C.J. Pascoe. "Dude, You're a Fag?" Reading 28: 305-313. 3/15 3/18 Spring Break Spring Break

Family 3/22 Annette Lareau. "Invisible Inequality: Social Class and Childrearing in Black Families and White Families." Reading 55: 611-626. Andrew J. Cherlin. "The Deinstitutionalization of American Marriage." Reading 53: 589600. Race and Ethnicity 3/25 Eduardo Bonilla-Silva. "New Racism, Color-Blind Racism, and the Future of Whiteness in America." Reading 31: 345-360. Elijah Anderson. "The Cosmopolitan Canopy." Reading 34: 384-398. 3/29 Devah Pager. "Marked." Available on Sakai. Peggy McIntosh. "White Privilege, Male Privilege." Available on Sakai.

Work and the Workplace 4/1 Robin Leidner. "Over the Counter: McDonald's." Reading 42: 474-488. Ann Crittendon. "The Mommy Tax." Reading 54: 601-610. Education 4/5 Jonathan Kozol. "Still Separate, Still Unequal." Reading 51: 568-580. Harry Gracey. "Kindergarten as Academic Boot Camp." Available on Sakai. David Karp and William Yoels. "Student Participation in the College Classroom." Available on Sakai. Religion 4/8 Steven P. Dandaneau. "Religion and Society: Of Gods and Demons." Reading 45: 506-515. Russell Shorto. "Faith at Work." Reading 46: 516-526. 4

Power and Politics 4/12 Dan Clawson, et al. "Dollars and Votes: How Business Campaign Contributions Subvert Democracy." Reading 36: 406-419. Charles Derber. "One World Under Business." Reading 37: 420-432. Media 4/15 Brigitte L. Nacos and Oscar Torres-Reyna. "Muslim Americans in the News Before and After 9/11." Reading 39: 441-453. Karen Sternheimer. "It's Not the Media: The Truth about Pop Culture's Influence on Children." Reading 40: 454-467. Health and Medicine 4/19 Lillian B. Rubin. "Sand Castles and Snake Pits." Reading 47: 527-534. Eric Klinenberg. "Dying Alone: The Social Production of Urban Isolation." Reading 48: 534-546. 4/22 4/26 4/29 5/11 Exam 2 Film: Sicko Presentations Today is the date of our final exam, however, there is no final exam for our class. Instead, this is the last day you can email me your final research paper.




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