University of Notre Dame

Understanding Societies

Course Number: SOC 10002

Welcome to Understanding Societies. This course introduces students to the exciting field of sociology in order to enable them to more clearly understand how people’s behaviors and life outcomes are deeply influenced by social structures, as well as how their own actions help to perpetuate and change these social structures. Course readings and discussion will focus on a variety of topics including socialization, social inequality, race, class, gender, education, law and crime, and cultural globalization. Through this course, students will gain skills and knowledge that will enable them to better understand and critique the society in which they live and the ways that it impacts their own lives.