Introduction to Sociology/Social Psychology (SSP1)

This course is a survey of the fields of sociology and social psychology.  It introduces the range of topics sociologists and social psychologists study, the methods they use, and the kinds of knowledge they produce.  Topics covered include social class, culture and media, the structure of families, race and diversity, sexuality,  crime, religion, and social change.  Through these and other topics the course addresses questions such as where does culture come from? How can we predict changes in the crime rate? What is power and how is it distributed in society? Why do people find membership in different kinds of groups and organizations so appealing? By the end of the semester, students should have gained a facility to think sociologically, an appreciation for how social forces shape both our individual and collective lives, and the kinds of methods sociologists and social psychologists use to collect and analyze data.

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