Sociologist & Ethnographer


Social Problems
SOC 120
Fall 2018
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
Sociology 200
Fall 2018
Tuesday and Thursday 12:40PM – 2:05PM
Room: Wimberly 211


Sociology of City Life
Sociology 319
Fall 2018
Tuesday 6:00PM – 8:45PM
Room: Wimberly 113


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