Introduction to Sociology - Fall 2020

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Week 16: The course has now concluded.

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Sociology Quote of the Week

Bourdieu"The function of sociology, as of every science, is to reveal that which is hidden." - Pierre Bourdieu

Have you seen things that were formerly hidden to you this semester? If so, you are using the sociological imagination; keep it up!


Online Media Assignments have concluded



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Online Media SOCIB2:
Climate change, uncertain futures and the sociology of youthby Rob White (2011)



Online Media SOCIB1:
The Overpopulation Myth featuring Hans Rosling (YouTube, ~50min long)



Online Media SOCI10:
Van Jones - What if a US presidential candidate refuses to concede after an election? TED, Oct 26, 2020


P.S. 11/22/20 -- Anyone noticing this strategy starting to come true? As Jones explains, it may come down to us to call and pressure our representatives to keep American democracy safe safe from demagoguery.


Online Media SOCI9:
Crash Course in Sociology #7:
DuBois and Race Conflict
(YouTube, 2017, 10 mins)



Online Media SOCI8:
Somebodies and Nobodies, book excerpt from Robert Fuller (2004)


Deviance video

Online Media SOCI7:
Exploring Sociology: Deviance and Social Control
(YouTube, Dallas Telelearning, 2002, 28 minutes)



Online Media SOCI6:
Six Degrees of Separation at Top Documentary Videos (YouTube, 2009, 46 minutes)



Online Media SOCI5:
Ego as a Social Construction
by After Skool feat. Alan Watts (YouTube, 2020, 10:36)



Online Media SOCI4:
Crash Course in Sociology video on Social Interaction and Performance (YouTube, 2017, 11:38)


OM3b Online Media SOCI3:
Read "The Culture of Fear" by Frank Furedi (Spiked, 2007) and watch the Interview with the author of the book The Culture of Fear, Barry Glassner (YouTube, 9 min)

Carl Sagan

Online Media SOCI2:
Watch this video about "The Fine Art
of Baloney Detection
" (by Carl Sagan)


Sociological Imagination

Online Media SOCI1:
Watch this video about the "sociological imagination" and read these excerpts from C. Wright Mills'.



More info on the online media assignments:

Each week, except exam weeks (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).



Recommended Reading:
Careers in Sociology

Introduction to Sociology | Fall 2020 | Prof. Kurt Reymers