Fall 2016

Self and Society: An Introduction to Sociology

Listed in: Anthropology and Sociology, as SOCI-112

Formerly listed as: SOCI-12

Moodle site: Course

Faculty

Ron Lembo (Section 01)

Description

The course introduces students to what C. Wright Mills referred to as the “sociological imagination.” Through accounts both classic and contemporary, students will learn to interrogate in a systematic way both their own lives and the lives of those around them, understanding how they are shaped in significant ways by groups, communities, institutions, and social structures, even as they remain authors of their own actions and determiners of their own fate. In this sense, the dynamics of what sociologists call “power” and “agency” are woven into every aspect of the course.  Inequalities--most notably, race, class, and gender—will figure importantly as we explore important topics such as higher education, gendered expectations of parenting, mass incarceration and structural racism, cultural transformations accompanying neoliberal capitalism, and present-day opportunities for social mobility.

Limited to 35 students. Admission with consent of the instructor. Fall semester. Professor Lembo.

If Overenrolled: Priority given to sociology majors, then sophomores and freshmen.

Offerings

2017-18: Offered in Spring 2018
Other years: Offered in Spring 2008, Spring 2009, Spring 2010, Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Fall 2015, Fall 2016