Invitation to Sociology
Sociology is a social science concerned with the study of social interactions in society. As a discipline it is concerned with how society is structured and how it works. Students are invited to recognize not one approach to studying society, but several alternative paradigms. This course focuses on: a) the basic ideas, concepts, approaches and methods in sociology; b) the interactions between individuals, groups, organizations, and society; c) analyses of major social institutions such as marriage and the family; power and politics; economy and work; belief and value systems; and health and health care; and d) selected issues in contemporary society such as sexuality, deviance and social control, social stratification, social mobility and inequalities, urbanization, modernization, modernity, migration, race and ethnic relations, identity, and globalization.