SOC 105 - First Year Seminar in Sociology
Fall 2020, Section 002 - Social Justice, Identity, Diversity and Community
Instruction Mode: Section 002 is  Online (see other Sections below)
Subject: Sociology (SOC)
Department: LSA Sociology
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Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
Advisory Prerequisites:
Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
Other Course Info:
May not be included in a Sociology major.
May not be repeated for credit.
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This seminar will explore a wide range of issues on social justice, social identity and intergroup relations, community, and everyday politics and democracy. It will examine the possibilities for building community across race, gender, class, sexual orientation and religion as students explore their own racial and other social group identities.

How do we have constructive conversations and dialogue about our different perspectives, beliefs, experiences and backgrounds?

How do we develop the practice of civic engagement along with the skills of boundary-crossing to build vibrant communities and a strong democracy in our schools, neighborhoods, cities, and governments?

To what extent do the American ideals and its democratic principles continue to provide a bond for our society in the face of growing social divisions and inequalities?

Note that students should only take ONE prerequisite course (SOC 100, 102, 300, or 302); no credit will be granted for the second prerequisite course taken (the second course will have a “Not For Credit” designation on the transcript).

Course Requirements:

All students are expected to participate actively in class discussions, read carefully, and write extensively. Students will observe and participate in a number of engaging intergroup dialogue exercises and community-based activities.

Intended Audience:

Students from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to enroll in this seminar, bringing personal experience and perspective to enrich the discussion of theoretical readings. This course welcomes entirely online participation.

Class Format:

Instructor Mode: As a DC (Distance due to COVID) course, most aspects of this course will be fully compatible with remote online learning.

Learning Mode: The weekly lectures for this course require synchronous participation. This course will offer students ongoing opportunities to engage in intergroup dialogue processes in the classroom using the Canvas discussion tool. Significant attention also will be given to building a sense of community in the classroom.

Course Teaching/Assessment: Asynchronous assessment - no online exams. Students will be given substantial notice of paper (or take-home exam) due dates.


SOC 105 - First Year Seminar in Sociology
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
6Enrollment Management
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
Partial Term 8/31/20 - 12/10/20
002 (SEM)
4Enrollment Management
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
Partial Term 8/31/20 - 12/10/20
003 (SEM)
6Enrollment Management
M 8:30AM - 10:00AM
Partial Term 8/31/20 - 12/10/20

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