Self and Society: An Introduction to Sociology
Listed in: Anthropology and Sociology, as SOCI-12
Ronald A. Lembo (Section 01)
Sociology is built on the premise that human beings are crucially shaped by the associations each person has with others. These associations range from small, intimate groups like the family to vast, impersonal groupings like a metropolis. In this course we will follow the major implications of this way of understanding humans and their behavior. The topics we will explore include: how group expectations shape individual behavior; how variations in the size, structure, and cohesion of groups help account for differences in individual behavior as well as differences in the patterns of interaction between groups; how groups, including societies as a whole, reproduce themselves; and why societies change. As a supplement to readings and lectures, students will be able to use original social survey data to explore first-hand some of the research techniques sociologists commonly use to explore the dynamics of social life.
Limited to 35 students. Spring semester. Professor Lembo.
If Overenrolled: Priority given to sociology majors, then sophomores and freshmen.
Offerings2014-15: Offered in Fall 2014
Other years: Offered in Spring 2008, Spring 2009, Spring 2010, Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2014, Fall 2015