This Course Guide is in progress and will be updated as I have time.

Disclaimer: If you’re thinking about writing a course guide.  I totally overdid it on this one!  It doesn’t have to be nearly this extensive.


Course Guide for
INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY

(last updated 5/2012)

Developed by Gwen Sharp
Nevada State College


C. Wright Mills and the Sociological Imagination

Intersection of biography and history as illustrated by:

“the capacity for astonishment is made lively again”

Karl Marx/Marxist analysis

Emile Durkheim

[Because the course guide has gotten to be so long, I'm putting the rest of it after the jump.]

Symbolic Interactionism

Culture

Variation and the “Culture vs. Human Nature” Argument

Symbols

Language

Norms

Culture Shock

Socialization

Gender Socialization

Deviance and Crime

Social Construction of Deviance and Crime

Theories of Crime and Deviance

The Criminal Justice System

Stratification/Social Class

Global Inequality

U.S. Economic Inequality

Capitalism, Socialism, and Public Discourse

Impacts of Inequality

Race/Ethnicity

Social Construction of Race/Ethnicity

Immigration/Assimilation

Stereotypes/Prejudice

Discrimination/Inequality

Cultural Representations

Sex/Gender

Note: Mary-Nell Trautner has done an excellent job putting together a very thorough course guide for gender. I highly suggest you check out her guide when you’re putting together your gender section; I drew on her course guide when I was putting this suggestion together. Also, see my section on gender socialization above.

Social Construction of Gender and Gender Difference

Gender Inequality (also see the section below on the family)

Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence

Cultural Representations

The Family

Family Structure

Family Leave Policies

Social Construction of the Family

Unpaid Labor: Housework, Childcare, and Carework

Politics

Voting/Political Participation/Party Identification

Public Policy

Activism/Protest/Social Movements

War/Military

Religion

Religious Belief and Community

Conflicts over the Role of Religion in Public Life

Health and Medicine

The Social Construction of Health and Disease

Medicalization

Health, Disease, and Stigma

Health and Inequality (also see the section on Impacts of Inequality in the Stratification/Social Class section above)

Health Care Access and Reform

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