Document Type


Publication Date

Fall 2023

Course Description

This course is an introduction to sociology: its questions, concepts and ways of analyzing social life. The focus is on how human societies organize themselves; how culture, socialization, norms, power relations, social institutions and group interaction affect the individual; and how, in turn, societies are transformed by human action. Of particular concern are problems facing contemporary societies.

Student Outcomes

Students will be able to . . . 1. Use the sociological imagination to differentiate between personal troubles and public issues. 2. Understand stratification and inequality by race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, religion, and other important identity markers. 3. Interpret social interactions at the micro, meso, and macro levels. 4. Identify and analyze strategies that individuals and organizations have used in the past and can develop in the future to address and ameliorate social injustice.