This course is designed to give students a broader understanding of individual actions in the social context, using what sociologist C. Wright Mills calls a “sociological imagination.” Throughout the semester, students will learn to apply their sociological imagination by setting aside preconceived ideas about social relationships, and analyze how external social factors, like class, race and ethnicity, gender, education, and community, shape people’s lives. This course highlights the role of transnational/global flows of people, capital, culture and economy, and encourages students to reimagine our everyday lives in American society by connecting global forces to local contexts. Major topics include sociological theories, methods, culture, socialization, organizations, race and ethnicity, gender, class, globalization, and urban issues.
Upon successful completion of the course, you will be able to:
- Develop your sociological imagination;
- Define and apply sociological terms and concepts;
- Think and write critically about the areas of society and culture under discussion;
- Evaluate the importance of the field of sociology and analyze the effects of sociological phenomena as it relates to you and society;
- Work effectively and respectfully as a member of a learning community engaged in intellectual inquiry.