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Sociology 101

Sociology is the study of society. It focuses on identifying, explaining, and interpreting patterns and processes of human social relations. This introductory course is designed not just to teach you some of the major findings of sociology, but to help you master fundamental sociological skills, including both the ability to think with a "sociological imagination" and to understand the basics of computer-based data analysis--skills which have broad applicability in a range of educational and work settings. Suggested textbooks are: Joan Ferrante, Sociology: A Global Perspective, Seventh Edition, 2008 and Anderson & Taylor, Sociology: Understanding a Diverse Society.
Course: Introduction to Sociology

Pedagogical Approach


Learning Outcomes

Students will develop: 1) An understanding of the three main sociological perspectives; 2)An understanding of several important sociological theories; 3)The ability to apply these perspectives and theories to contemporary social problems; 4) Insight into the critical link between social structures, social forces and individual circumstances; 5) Insight into how you shape society and how society shapes you.


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Course Resources

  • Asian-Nation: The Landscape of Asian America
    'While Asian Americans "only" make up about 5% of the U.S.'s population (as of 2008), we are one of the fastest growing... More
  • The Global Social Change Research Project
    This site has the World Social Change reports, reviews of main world demographic and political changes and data used to... More
  • Exploring Constitutional Law
    The web site provides a comprehensive overview of the topics, issues, and cases that students are likely to encounter in... More
  • Multicultural Pavilion
    Multicultural Pavilion (Collection)
    This learning object provides current news and views in multicultural education on a monthly basis. In addition, it... More
  • Anthony Giddens Lecture on Globalization
    The module can be used as a stand-alone lecture or as a supplemental resource. The content of the module is well... More
  • NAFTA:  Are Jobs Being Sucked Out of the United States?
    Online lesson on NAFTA. Covers opposing views on how it has affected jobs in the U.S., including data charts for... More
  • Sociology Workbench
    Sociology Workbench (Simulation)
    Focus on exploratory data analysis for qualitative data is stressed. This is one of the few sites that has a qualitative... More
  • Teaching about Biases Against Immigration
    This exercise helps students understand that xenophobic attitudes have existed throughout United States history and that... More
  • The Stanford Prison Experiment
    The Stanford Prison Experiment is a comprehensive overview of the simulation study of the psychology of imprisonment... More
  • Active Learning Strategies for Teaching about Religion
    This site offers a collection of instructional strategies to promote active learning in the classroom on topics related... More
  • Race: The Power of an Illusion
    Companion website to three-part film by the same title. Series of three films explores the social construction of race... More
  • People Like Us: Social Class in America
    This is a companion website for the PBS film "People Like Us: Social Class in America." Offers fun games that can... More
  • Historic Ad Collection
    Historic Ad Collection (Collection)
    This site includes copies of and information about 7,000 advertisements printed in U.S. and Canadian newspapers and... More
  • The Triangle Factory Fire
    This site contains an essay and documents from Cornell University Library about the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire on... More
  • Ecological Footprint Quiz
    This site offers users the opportunity to take a brief quiz that assesses the extent of their "ecological footprint,"... More
  • Densho: The Japanese American Legacy Project
    The purpose of Densho is (1) to preserve the personal testimonies of Japanese Americans who were incarcerated during... More
  • Fight hate and promote tolerance
    Fight hate and promote tolerance (Reference Material)
    This site is provided by the Southern Poverty Law Center to offer news, views, and ideas to promote ways to fight hate... More
  • Implicit Association Tests
    The Project Implicit web site provides a variety of Implicit Association Tests (IAT) which claim to reveal implicit... More
  • Global Issues that Affect Everyone
    Site with a huge number of articles (many of which include links to additional online sources like UN reports and work... More
  • Teaching Human Rights Online
    This site provides nine detailed case studies on human rights issues: Clinton's response to Kosovo, the International... More