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1 Proposal: number 114

114. SOC 101: Introduction to Sociology

Contact:Joyce Tang
Abstract:This is a great time to study sociology! We are witnessing dramatic changes in
the nature of the economy, work, families, communities, political systems,
workplaces, and organizations. Socialist societies and western democracies are
facing basic questions about their systems and values. To comprehend the
staggering events unfolding in the news media everyday, it is essential to have
familiarity with sociological theories and explanations.

Sociology is one the many different disciplines in the liberal arts from which
to look at the world and ourselves in it. It is a discipline which challenges
conventional wisdom, dissolves myths about social reality, and studies how
human interaction is responsible for the social world and much of individual
experience and identity.

The course is designed to expose students to a framework for understanding
individual actions in the social context. It offers an introduction to the
basic concepts, theories, methods, and findings of sociology that help describe
and explain the sociopolitical, socioeconomic, cultural, and organizational
structures of society. This course will teach students “sociological
imagination.” Students will apply theories and explanations to a wide range of
topics including social inequality, gender and family, race and ethnicity, the
educational and health care systems, and aging.

In addition to using a textbook, readings will include original writings of key
thinkers and scholars in the discipline as well as the findings of recent

Submissions and Approvals

Course Date Requirement Action By Whom Notes
SOC 101 2008-10-30 SS Submitted Dept
SOC 101 2009-02-04 SS Approved GEAC
SOC 101 2009-03-12 SS Approved UCC
SOC 101 2009-04-02 SS Approved Senate