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SOC11 Introduction to Sociology

Instructor: Ernesto Martinez, Ph.D. Office hours: TBA Email: [email protected] Teaching Assistant: TBA

Course Overview

Sociology is concerned with the inter-relationship between individuals and the social structures and groups to which they belong. As you become familiar with sociological inquiry, you will likely develop an appreciation for the complexity of social life. You will also come to see that individual behavior is not so individual; rather, how we think, act, and feel as all relate to group norms and social structures around us. Course Format: Many of the important things you can learn in this class will come from lectures, readings, class assignments and small group discussions. It is expected that students come prepared and ready to participate. Readings are therefore required. Students are expected to be respectful to each other. Every effort will be made to help students understand the material, therefore, questions are encouraged. Course Description: Sociologists ask a lot of interesting questions about the social world and answer many of them. This course will introduce you to some of these questions, to some of the ways sociologists think about these questions, authors that guide their understanding, and to the methods they use while trying to answer these questions. Sociologist bringing analysis, interpretation, and understanding to what's going on in society. This course is organized around themes and specific questions, such as: How are we socialized because of the institutions that have been set up? How are social groups organized? How do these groups influence our lives? How do we create and change our society? How do sociologists make meaning of the world? We will try to answer the first two questions by analyzing case studies of successively larger groups. The readings are like case studies focusing on comparatively small communities and the social institutions that impact them. In the process of analyzing these groups we will try to answer the third, fourth and fifth questions by examining the theoretical perspectives and research methods social scientists use to investigate group life through the paradigms of class, gender, race, sexuality, ethnicity, and nationality. Course Objectives: To introduce students to the essential concepts, theories, and methods used in sociology to analyze phenomena. To give students an awareness of sociological curricula and the linkage between sociological thought and other substantive areas. To enable students to identify and examine sociologically relevant problems and issues.

To encourage critical thinking and writing skills that demonstrates the student's abilities to understand and analyze social issues. To enhance student's understanding and appreciation of the complexity of social life.

Required Text

1. Ferguson, Susan J. 1996. 12 Selected readings from: Mapping the Social Landscape: Readings in Sociology. Mountain View, CA: Mayfield Publishing Co. Sixth Edition]. (MSL) Readings will be available electronically! C. Wright Mills Michael Schwalbe England and Thomas Haunani-Kay Trask Gwynne Dyer Robin Leidner Arlie Russell Hochschild Adler and Adler Boswell and Spade The Promise Finding Out How the Social World Works The Decline of the Date and the Rise of the College Hook Up Lovely Hula Hands: Corporate Tourism and the Prostitution of Hawaiian Culture Anybody's Son Will Do Over the Counter: McDonald's The Time Bind: When Work Becomes Home and Home Becomes Work Peer Power: Clique Dynamics among School Children Fraternities and Collegiate Rape Culture: Why Are Some Fraternities More Dangerous Places for Women? Gang Business: Making Ends Meet

Martin Sanchez Jankowski Crow Dog and Erodes Ann Crittendon

Civilize Them With a Stick The Mommy Tax

2. McIntyre, Lisa. 2007. (4th Edition) The Practical Skeptic, Boston, MA: McGraw-Hill Press (TPS) We will read the entire book. Course Preparedness for Readings: 1. What is the author's main point or argument? 2. What theories and research methods do the author's use to demonstrate their point? 3. What are the strengths and weaknesses of this argument?

Course Hours

The course has 26 class sessions in total. Each class session is 90 minutes in length. The course meets from Monday to Thursday, and two additional class sessions on the third Friday (July 20) and the sixth Friday (August 10).

Grading Policy

30% Two (15%) Objective & Short Answer Questions Exams

30% Two (15%) Reflexive Papers 10% Special In-Class Written, Group Assignments and Presentations 30% Final Exam Objective & Short Answer Questions 100% Total

Course Policy

Quizzes: There will be two in-class quizzes on Mondays covering the previous week's work starting July 16th. There will also be final exam on August 11th. Assignments: These assignments are aimed at determining if you are able to apply material learned in class and will cover readings and field assignments. Students will be assigned into Special Groups (A-J) to complete these assignments and given group credit for their completion. Attendance and Participation Attendance will be taken at the beginning of each class. Your class participation is required. Class participation includes in-class exercises, class discussions, and individual and group assigned homework. Each student will do two Special Group Assignments during the course, unless otherwise changed by the Instructor. Writing There will be a writing assignment included in each exam and by special in-class assignments.

Course Schedules

Schedule- Mon Tues Wed Thurs Week 1 July 2, 3, 4, 5 Week 2 July 9, 10, 11, 12 Week 3 July 16, 17, 18, 19, 20 Week 4 July 23, 24, 25, 26 Week 5 July 30, August 1, 2, 3 Final Week: Week 6 August 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

*Exam #1 Monday, July 16th. *Exam #2 Monday, July 30th *Exam #3 Friday, August 10th

Week 1: Introduction to the History of Sociology and Its Sociological Perspectives 7/2 TPS Preface, Introduction and Chapter 1 Themes: History and Definition of the Discipline


Continue Discussion of TPS Chapter 2 MSL: C. Wright Mills The Promise TPS Chapter 3 Themes: Science and Fuzzy Objects: Specialization in Sociology and Sociological Theory



Continue Discussion of TPA Chapter 3

MSL: Boswell and Spade

Fraternities and Collegiate Rape Culture: Why Are Some Fraternities More Dangerous Places for Women?

Week 2: Studying the Social World and Its Challenges 7/9 7/10 7/11 7/12 TPS Chapter 4 Theme: Who's Afraid of Sociology?

Continue Discussion of TPS Chapter 4 TPS Chapter 5 Theme: Vocabulary and Language of Science and Sociology

Continue Discussion of TPS Chapter 5 MSL: Crow Dog and Erodes Civilize Them With a Stick

Week 3: Doing Social Research 7/16 Exam #1 Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 TPS Chapter 6 Themes: Two Research Traditions and Methods of Research Continue Discussion of TPS Chapter 6 MSL: Michael Schwalbe Finding Out How the Social World Works TPS Chapter 7 Themes: Material and Nonmaterial Culture and Studying Culture


7/18 7/19


Continue Discussion of TPS Chapter 7 MSL: England and Thomas The Decline of the Date and the Rise of the College Hook Up REVIEW material & any questions

Week 4: Social Structure, Social Institutions and Socialization 7/23 TPS Chapter 8 Themes: Social Structure, Roles and Status MSL: Adler and Adler Peer Power: Clique Dynamics Among School Children TPS Chapter 9 Themes: Societal Needs and Nature of Social of Institutions MSL: Martin Sanchez Jankowski Gang Business: Making Ends Meet TPS Chapter 10 Themes: Nature and Theories of Socialization Continue Discussion of TPS Chapter 10 MSL: Gwynne Dyer Anybody's Son Will Do


7/25 7/26

Week 5: Deviance, and Social Control 7/30 Exam #2 Chapters 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 TPS Chapter 11 Themes: Relativity of Deviance and Nature of Social Control


Continue Discussion of TPS Chapter 11 MSL: Haunani-Kay Trask Lovely Hula Hands: Corporate Tourism and the Prostitution of Hawaiian Culture TPS Chapter 12 Themes: Stratification and Social Inequality Continue Discussion of TPS Chapter 12 MSL: Robin Leidner Over the Counter: McDonald's Film: Hoop Dreams (TBD)

8/1 8/2


Week 6: Inequality and Ascription: Race, Ethnicity, and Gender 8/6 8/7 TSP Chapter 13 Themes: Social Class and Social Mobility

Continue Discussion of TPS Chapter 13 MSL: Arlie Russell Hochschild The Time Bind: When Work Becomes Home and Home Becomes Work TPS Chapter 14 Ethnicity Themes: Race, Gender, Sexuality and



Continue Discussion of TPS Chapter 14 MSL: Ann Crittendon The Mommy Tax


Sociology of the 21 Century: Projections and Reflections Final Exam Review and Class Reflections


Final Exam #3 TBS Chapters 11, 12, and 13

Academic Honesty

You must abide by the rules on plagiarism, outlined in the Student Handbook (US and Chinese University agreements), require that you "acknowledge explicitly any expressions, ideas, or observations that are not" your own. In the case of cooperatively produced work, you must indicate who produced which part of the data or product. If you are unsure of your obligations, please see me. Please Note: There will be no MAKE UP EXAMS, extra credit work or no make-up assignments That is why class attendance is all the more important.



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