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Soc 111 - Introduction to Sociology
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INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY Sociology 111 01 Spring 2008 MWF 9 00 9 50 ARH 314 Chris Hunter Carnegie 114 Ext 3135 Course Description Course Format Sociology is concerned with the interrelationships among individuals and the social structures and groups to which they belong As you become familiar with sociological inquiry you should develop more appreciation for the complexity of social life You will also come to see that individual behavior is not so individual as we sometimes suppose rather how we think act and feel has a lot to do with the group norms and social structures around us structures for which we ourselves are only somewhat responsible Many of the important things you can learn in this class will come from listening and talking to other students so the class is designed to promote interaction and exchange Most class meetings will combine brief lectures with smalland large group discussion I expect everyone to contribute to discussion so you need to read carefully and think about the material before each class and you need to speak up in class I also expect people to listen to each other which requires patience a sense of humor and mutual respect We will use five case studies to examine these issues rather than a typical introductory textbook The first two case studies offer differing perspectives on disasters First we will examine the growth of community and culture and their possible destruction through an analysis of the community of Buffalo Creek and the aftermath of the flood that helped destroy it Second we will look at the operation of a mountain search and rescue team whose members have to deal with emotionally draining work and emotionally traumatized victims To help you prepare for discussions and exercises I will distribute discussion questions on some of the readings which you should complete on your own and bring to class During classes we frequently will divide into small groups to consider these questions Working in small groups is a



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