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SOC 13181-5: Sociological Imagination

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Instructor: Kevin Christiano

This course is designed to acquaint first-year college students with the distinctive perspective on social reality that sociology offers, and to encourage them to broaden their habits of thought by adopting some of its principles. In addition, it proposes to hone the skills of students at reading with a critical eye, shaping argumentation with logic, and writing with clarity. Students will read and discuss in a seminar setting a series of well-known texts from sociology, including such classic works as William Foote Whyte's Street Corner Society and Erving Goffman's The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life. They also will be required to complete a minimum number of pages of original writing on specified topics.