SOC 300 - Sociological Principles and Problems
Section: 001
Term: FA 2009
Subject: Sociology (SOC)
Department: LSA Sociology
Requirements & Distribution:
Credit Exclusions:
No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in SOC 100 or 195.
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Enforced Prerequisites:
A student can enroll in SOC 300 as long as they have not taken SOC 100, 101, 102, 105, 195 or 202.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course is intended for (1) upper-level sociology concentrators who have not completed an introductory course, and (2) upper-level non-concentrators seeking an introduction to sociology as a cognate field.

To provide an overview of sociology’s thought and application, the course will explore the following topics:

  • “What do we think we’re doing?” – the philosophy and epistemology of sociology
  • "Whose big idea was this?” – sociology’s intellectual history and theory
  • “How do you know what you saw?” – sociology’s major research traditions
  • “Are we trying to make trouble?” – sociology’s relationship to social activism

A concluding unit will integrate the course’s learnings by applying them to a selected social phenomenon or “problem” – religion: how did religious influences shape sociology? how has sociology theorized and studied religion? how has religion been used to perpetuate or defeat injustice?

Course methodology will include reading and discussion of primary and secondary sources, media materials, physical or virtual visits from noted sociologists or social activists, and the mounting of a public “religion in society” fair as a class project.

Grading opportunities will include quizzes, the class project, and a series of short papers, one of which will be a take-home final focusing the student’s fully formulated answer to the question, “What Is Sociology?”

SOC 300 - Sociological Principles and Problems
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001 (LEC)
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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