This course name and description ONLY applies to academic year 2016-2017

SOC 13181-1: Sociology in Action

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Instructor: David Hachen

This seminar will help students develop a new skill — the ability to read and analyze situations sociologically. Using decisions cases — short problem-centered narratives that promote critical thinking — students will learn how to:

  • See situations sociologically by identifying and describing four important social connectors: social relationships, groups, organizations, and networks.
  • Use sociological theories to reframe and develop multiple perspectives on social connections.
  • Think about situations from the point of view of insiders by decoding culture.
  • Uncover inequalities by analyzing differences in power.
  • Imagine futures by taking into account changes that could result from three important driving forces: demography, technology and collectives actions.

In addition there will be a special module on social networks in which you will read about, discuss, and learn how to look at social networks.