Spring 2018

Self and Society: An Introduction to Sociology

Listed in: Anthropology and Sociology, as SOCI-112

Formerly listed as: SOCI-12


Ron Lembo (Section 01)


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. Spring semester. Professor Lembo.

SOCI 112 - L/D

Section 01
Tu 10:00 AM - 11:20 AM WEBS 220
Th 10:00 AM - 11:20 AM WEBS 220

ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
The Big Test: The Secret History of the American Meritocracy Farrar, Straus and Giroux Lemann, Nicholas Amherst Books TBD
Promises I Can Keep: Why Poor Women Put Motherhood Before Marriage University of California Press Edin, Kathryn & Kefalas, Maria Amherst Books TBD
Expulsions: Brutality and Complexity in the Global Economy Harvard University Press Sassen, Saskia Amherst Books TBD

These books are available locally at Amherst Books.


Other years: Offered in Spring 2008, Spring 2009, Spring 2010, Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Fall 2015, Fall 2016, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Spring 2021, Fall 2021, Spring 2022, Fall 2022, Spring 2023, Fall 2023, Spring 2024, Fall 2024