Introduction to Sociology - Crawford 116 - Spring 2018

Syllabus | Schedule | Online Media | Notes | Research | Grades

Week 1. Introduction to Sociology

  • Read Course Syllabus
  • Download textbook (available online -- see info to the right -->)
    • Read Chapter 1
  • Review structure of course website
  • Review course notes, Chp 1
  • Complete Online Media 1 and email to professor (see below): due NO LATER than Friday 5pm


Sociology quote of the week:

"Things are not what they seem." - Peter Berger, writing about society


1) Read Online (free)

2) Download the PDF version (free)

3) or, purchase a print copy on ($20)

Online Media

Each week (see the course schedule) you will be reponsible for completing and submitting by email a weekly online activity. This may entail doing a reading or watching a video made available online, or performing some other kind of activity. Instructions will be posted weekly right here on the webpage by Monday and will be due (by email) on Friday at 5pm of each week. You should e-mail your completed assignment to, with the subject heading of "SOCI#" (with "#" being the number of that week's online activity, as noted above).

Note: for regular correspondence, do not use the above link to my email (or remove the automatic subject line heading) as answers with this subject line are automatically filtered into my email activities folder (and thus I will not see an email having to do with something else until the following week or later).

Online Media 1

Watch this video about the "sociological imagination" and discuss the questions below in an email to your Professor.
Sociological Imagination

Strongly recommended additional reading material - Mills' original article "The Promise of Sociology"

1. What is another personal trouble (other than obesity, as described in the video) that has social factors that contribute?

2. How do social structures contribute to social problems?

3. How does using the sociological imagination help us examine human behavior?

DO NOT send your answers as an attachment. E-mail your completed answers directly to:, with the SUBJECT line to read: SOCI1.

Due on or before Friday, 1/19 at 5pm. No late assignments will be accepted.

(Note: for regular correspondence, do not use the above link; if you do, be sure to remove the automatic subject line heading "SOCI#", as these emails get automatically filed in a folder other than my inbox).


NOTE: Your course textbook is FREE and AVAILABLE ONLINE at:

[PDF version]

Textbook content produced by OpenStax College is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. This means that you are free to use the materials contained in this work for any purpose as long as credit is given to the authors. The book is NOT AVAILABLE AT THE COLLEGE BOOKSTORE.

Cite your textbook as a source in writing like this:

OpenStax College, Introduction to Sociology 2e. OpenStax College. 24 April 2015. Available at


This website may contain copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. I am making such material available in an effort to advance understanding of sociological, cultural, scientific, anthropological issues, etc. I believe this constitutes a ‘fair use’ of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law.

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Here's a video about FATE and FREE WILL that helps to explain the sociological paradox that lies between the forces of the individual and society.
Sociological Imagination

Online Media 1:

Watch this video about the "sociological imagination" and discuss your answers to the questions (left) in an email to the Professor (follow instructions CAREFULLY).



Recommended Reading:
Careers in Sociology


Topic: Individual and Society

Topic: Values and Culture

Topic: Socialization

FAÇADE v. REALITY         
Topic: Social Construction

Topic: Social Groups & Conformity

NORM v. ANOMIE          
Topic: Deviance & Crime/War

Topic: U.S. Social Classes

MATH v. HUMANITY        
Topic: Human Population

MAN v. NATURE         
Topic: Environment and Society

Dub FX - "Made"

Introduction to Sociology | Spring 2018 | Prof. Kurt Reymers