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Introduction to Sociology
An introduction to the concepts, theories and methods of sociological enquiry, and their application to the analysis of Canadian society.
SOCY 122/6.0 is designed to introduce students to the sociological perspective and the way sociologists approach and study the social world. It also introduces students to a number of substantive areas of study undertaken by sociologists. In the first part of the course, students will be introduced to what most sociologists refer to as the classical tradition the foundation upon which all later approaches to sociological analysis developed. Students will explore C. Wright Mills's notion of the sociological imagination and then consider their own collective biography as members of the so-called Millennial Generation and how it intersects with the contemporary university system. The course then turns to three of the most important, macro-sociological frameworks that shaped the classical tradition the work of Karl Marx, Emile Durkheim and Max Weber. Weber's work leads into a discussion of modernism and modernity leading into an examination of the extent to which the contemporary world is one of high modernity or a postmodern world. The first part ends with an examination of culture, popular culture and the work of Bob Dylan. In the second part of the course, students will focus upon a number of substantive areas of sociological analysis the sociology of work, social inequality, deviant behaviour, war and genocide, and two particular social movements (the Student Movement and the Women's Movement).
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Content: Students will be able to
- Identify, define and recall key information and vocabulary related to a sociological understanding of the world in which humankind lives;
- Identify and recall key information regarding C. Wright Mills's conceptions of the sociological imagination and intellectual craftsmanship;
- Identify, recall and discuss key information related to different theoretical perspectives developed by Karl Marx, Emile Durkheim and Max Weber;
- Identify, recall and discuss key information related to the concept of culture, the debate over mass culture versus high culture and use Bob Dylan's work as a reference for the debate over culture;
- Identify and discuss some of the key issues in the study of work from a sociological perspective;
- Identify and discuss some of the key issues in the study of social inequality;
- Identify and discuss some of the key issues in the study of deviant behavior;
- Identify and discuss some of the key issues in the study of war and genocide;
- Identify and discuss some of the key issues in the study of the student movement of the 1960s and the women's movement.
Skills: Students will be able to
- Generate written arguments supported with quality academic materials from appropriate sources;
- Demonstrate academic integrity (see the section on academic integrity below) and understand what constitutes a deviation from academic integrity including, but not limited to, what is involved with plagiarism;
- Increase reading comprehension through the use of original sources;
- Enhance study and presentation skills through lecture study questions.
Critical thinking: Students will be able to
- Engage in critical thinking about social issues;
- Analyze and evaluate social phenomena from within a sociological frame of reference as opposed to relying on the natural attitude, their everyday stocks of knowledge, or a psychological frame of reference;
- Develop an awareness of the limits to and the contextual basis of knowledge.
Textbooks and Materials
CDS reserves the right to make changes to the required material list as received by the instructor before the course starts. Please refer to the Campus Bookstore website at http://www.campusbookstore.com/Textbooks/SearchEngine/ to obtain the most up-to-date list of required materials for this course before purchasing them.
The following materials are available from the Campus Bookstore:
- The Promise of Sociology by Rob Beamish. ISBN13: 9781442601871 ISBN10: 1442601876
- Sociology and Contemporary World by Rob Beamish. ISBN 13:9781259089916 ISBN10:1259089916
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Sociology edited by George Ritzer and Michael Ryan (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011). ISBN 13: 9781405183529 ISBN 10: 1405183527
To complete the readings, assignments, and course activities, students can expect to spend, on average, about 18 - 20 hours per week on the course.
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Tuition fees vary depending when you start, your year, faculty, and program. Fees for 2014-15 first-year Distance Career Arts & Science Canadian students are as follows: for a 3.0-unit course, $605.31; for a 6.0-unit course, $1210.62. See also Tuition and Payment.
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