Development of sociological imagination through introduction and application of basic concepts incorporating global and comparative perspectives.
This course is a survey of sociological perspectives-particularly social interactionism, functionalism, and conflict theory. It focuses on the role of culture in shaping behavior patterns; key social institutions, such as the family, work, and religion; and the ways that globalization and multiculturalism are altering contemporary social life.
This course offers students information and ideas with which to understand the social factors of human life. It places the study of social interaction, social processes, and social institutions in an historical context. It examines the human condition with particular reference to work, to culture, to personality, to ethnic, class and gender relations, as well as economic and political institutions.
This course analyzes the structure, processes and products associated with group living. Attention is focused on the concepts of social organization, culture, groups, stratification, major social institutions, and significant trends in group living.
This course will familiarize the student with the basic concepts in sociology and develop his/her appreciation of the nature and scope of the discipline. Emphasis will be centered on the critical importance of human interaction, inter-and intro group relations, cultural relativity, the process of socialization, race, caste and class stratification, and on sex, age, and other bases of differentiation. The structure of social organizations and of institutions and the nature of power, authority and status as well as the problem of social change will be analyzed.
The student will demonstrate an understanding of the basic topic of sociology, including social mobility, role status, race and prejudice, and factors leading to social change.