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Sociology involves the systematic study of social life and culture in order to understand the causes and consequences of human action. Sociologists study the structure and processes of traditional cultures and modern, industrial societies in both Western and non-Western cultures. They examine how culture, social structures (groups, organizations and communities) and social institutions (family, education, religion, etc.) affect human attitudes, actions and life-chances.

Sociology combines scientific and humanistic perspectives in the study of society. Drawing upon various theoretical perspectives, sociologists study such areas as culture, socialization, deviance, inequality, health and illness, family patterns, social change and race and ethnic relations. Combining theoretical perspectives with empirical research allows students an opportunity to develop new insights and a different perspective on their lives and to understand everyday social life as a combination of both stable patterns of interaction and ubiquitous sources of social change.


    Course of Study

    I. What is Sociology?

    II.   The Cultural Context of Social Life 

    a. Life among violent people

    b. Subtle conformance to internalized culture

    c. Following rules we don’t even know we have

    d. Impression management

    II. Socialization and Gender

    a. Learning to be human

    b. Learning the male role

    c. Learning the female role

    d. Verbal and non-verbal communication

    III. Social Groups and Social Structure

    a. The gender of car selling

    b. Isolation in the city

    c. When social structure breaks down

    IV. Deviance and Social Control

    a. Conformity and the power of groups

    b. Drug dealing

    c. Labels and life

    d. What is normal?

    V. Social Inequality

    a. Physical appearance

    b. Race-ethnicity and identity

    c. Poverty and powerlessness

    d. Poverty, education, and race-ethnicity

    e. Wealth and power

    VI. Social Institutions

    a. Education

    b. Sports

    c. Religion

    d. Medicine

    e. Law

    VII. Social Change

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