Introduction to Sociology - Spring 2020

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

FAQ - Updated Information for Students:

Week 15. Course Concluded

gradesDear People: 
The final exams have been graded and final grades have been posted on the grades page. Thanks for taking the course! It was a difficult semester to be sure, but I hope you can still use what you have learned in your future understanding of our place as human beings in our communities and nations, on the planet Earth, and in this great Universe!

Best wishes, Professor Reymers (Dr. K)


You've definitely been ripped off by the Coronavirus from your liminal ritualistic transition between two states of social existence (this is how anthropologist Victor Turner might describe the rite of passage that is graduation!). So, my little part in helping to make that passage is this video, a wonderful commencement speech by author David Foster Wallace. I hope you enjoy it and take some of the lessons with you into your next life!

Sociology Quote of the Week

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


Blackboard Link
1) Click here. 2) Sign in. 3) Click SOCI 101.

Textbook Formats:
1) Read Online -
2) Download the PDF version (free)
3) or, purchase a print copy on (~$20)





Online Media have concluded

Note: You should email your answers to me weekly with the subject heading SOCI#, where # stands for the assignment number (1, 2, 3...).. I give you 3 chances to get the subject heading correct and to not include attachments in your online media emails to me.

For example, when you send the first online media assignment, you should use a subject heading in the email of "SOCI#", where "#" means the number of the specific assignment of the week. If you wrote something else (like, for instance, "Online Media Questions 1" or "soc 4 hw"), or if you have included your assignment as an attachment (Word, Google Doc link, etc.), you have not paid attention to the details of the assignment instructions (details which make it crucially easier for me to organize your responses and read what you have written).

You can do this three times without penalty, but a fourth and further instances of not paying attention to the details will result in a 1-point reduction from your Online Media grade. For the vast majority of you who are doing it right, thank you for paying attention to the details!

- Regards, Prof Reymers




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.

In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes. For more information go to:

If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond ‘fair use’, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.

Carl Sagan

Optional BONUS Online Media SOCIB2:

Watch The Baloney Detection Kit, originally by Carl Sagan (YouTube, 2019)

OM3a & OM3b

Optional BONUS Online Media SOCIB1:

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, 9min, 2007).

OM4 Online Media SOCI10:
Crash Course in Sociology video on Social Interaction and Performance
(YouTube, 2017, 11:38)

Online Media SOCI9:
Learning the Student Role: Kindergarten as Academic Boot Camp, by Harry L. Gracey, 1975

Online Media SOCI8:
Six Degrees of Separation
(46 minutes) from Top Documentary Films, 2013
OM6 Online Media SOCI7:
The Saints and the Roughnecks
by William Chambliss, 1977
due Apr 3 5pm

Online Media SOCI6:
Excerpt from Somebodies and Nobodies: Overcoming the Abuse of Rank, by Robert Fuller, 2004
due Mar 13 5pm


Online Media SOCI5:
Who Rules America?

VIDEO 1: Power in America 1/2
VIDEO 2: Power in America 2/2
(G. William Domhoff, 1980s?, 10 min total)
due Mar 6 5pm

OM9 Online Media SOCI4:
Watch The Rich, the Poor, and the Trash (DW Documentary, 2018, 30 min)
due Feb 21 5pm
OM3 Online Media SOCI3:
Watch Plan B: Mobilizing to Save Civilization, Parts 1-3, feat. Matt Damon and Lester Brown (2011)
Part 1

Part 2
Part 3
due Feb 14 5pm

Online Media SOCI2:
Watch The Overpopulation Myth (YouTube, ~50min long), featuring Hans Rosling
due Feb 7 5pm

Sociological Imagination Online Media SOCI1: Watch this video about the "sociological imagination" and read these excerpts from C. Wright Mills' and discuss your answers to the questions (left) in an email to the Professor (follow the instructions CAREFULLY).
due Jan 31 5pm

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).



Topic: Individual and Society

MATH v. HUMANITY        
Topic: Human Population

MAN v. NATURE         
Topic: Environment and Society

Topic: U.S. Social Classes

NORM v. ANOMIE          
Topic: Deviance & Crime/War

Topic: Social Groups & Conformity

FAÇADE v. REALITY         
Topic: Social Construction

Topic: Socialization

Topic: Values and Culture



Recommended Reading:
Careers in Sociology


Introduction to Sociology | Spring 2020 | Prof. Kurt Reymers