Introduction to Sociology
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to provide a broad overview of the discipline of U.S. sociology including its history, theoretical approaches, methods, ethical concerns, major intellectual debates, and important figures such as Emile Durkheim, Karl Marx, Max Weber, Ida B. Wells, W.E.B. Du Bois, and Robert Park. We will read research articles about popular sociological areas of inquiry such as urban studies, race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, the family, education, economic stratification, and housing. Some of the sociological articles address current affairs such as the subprime mortgage crisis and economic recession. We will also make connections between concepts and data patterns with sociological issues addressed in documentaries and class discussions. Students will also become familiar with aspects of the sociological research process and sources of data commonly used by sociologists as well as develop analytical and critical thinking skills.