About This Course
This course is designed to introduce you to the study of society and what sociologists call the "sociological imagination": a way of viewing the events, relationships, and social phenomena that shape our individual lives and much of our collective experience.
Through the course we will examine some of the central concepts and problems that have preoccupied both classical and contemporary sociologists and gain a sense of how the sociological imagination can illuminate the social forces that have a concrete impact on our everyday lives. Throughout the course you will be asked to consider the ways in which society affects your life, and how you, in turn, affect society.
Sample course topics: Theory and methods in sociology, culture, society, socialization, social construction of reality, education and social stratification, gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity, religion, crime, punishment, and globalization.
Sample textbook: Introduction to Sociology 2e. Openstax.