Tuesday and Thursday 2:15PM – 3:40PM
Room: Centennial 1404
Social analysis, critical thinking, and problem solving are introduced as basic social science skills.
These skills are applied to major contemporary social problems related to deviant behavior, social
inequality, social change, and problems associated with major societal institutions. A variety of
individual and collective responses and social policy strategies at local, national, and international
levels are examined. This course invites students to the field of sociology through the examination of
social problems in the contemporary world. Students will become introduced to the sociological
imagination as a unique way to understand the world from the global problems of today to the personal
orbits of our own lives. We will cover a wide variety of topics that include an analysis of capitalism
and democracy, wealth and power, population growth and inequality, demography and immigration,
urban and rural issues, race and gender inequality, poverty and the welfare state, “crime” and drugs,
and other issues facing the world. We look at social problems particularly from the unique perspective
of sociology and learn how to diagnose the causes of social problems. We will discuss some of the
most pressing problems of the world and, after theorizing about their causes, make attempts to think
about how to solve them. At the end of this course, students will be able to think like a sociologist
about social problems using the sociological imagination.
Foundations of SOC Analysis
Tuesday and Thursday 12:40PM – 2:05PM
Room: Wimberly 211
methods in sociology; (3) the formulation of sociological research questions; (4) the resources and skills
needed to effectively write a critical literature review; and (5) professionalization including how to build
a curriculum vitae/resume, careers in sociology, presenting at professional conferences, and applying to
graduate school. Sociology majors should take this course as soon as possible after completing SOC
110, as the skills taught in this course will benefit students in their upper division sociology courses.
Prerequisite: SOC 110. Open to sociology majors only. Offered annually.
Sociology of City Life
Tuesday 6:00PM – 8:45PM
Room: Wimberly 113
This course explores the political, social, cultural, economic, and religious aspects of city life. The
metropolis offers unique insight into highly fascinating and unusual social worlds where urban
inhabitants explore their identities and push the boundaries of self-exploration, transcendence, and
identity formation. The city is the site of human creativity and struggle, lust and love, risk and
adventure, fear and uncertainty, resistance and subversion, joy and triumph, and the endless
possibility of self-realization. Yet, the city has changed in crucial ways with an accelerated
gentrification process, sharp increases in poverty and inequality, shocking violence, increased hyper
segregation, rapid immigration, growing unemployment and heightened distrust in public officials.
This class goes deep into the depths of city life to explore its many wonders. Students will complete
an individual class project examining city life culminating in a final paper and class presentation.