Introduction to Sociology SOC001 Summer Session - Lehigh University

What is a “sociological imagination”? How are our everyday decisions, beliefs, and experiences both made possible and constrained by broader social forces? To answer these questions, this course introduces the basic concepts in the field of sociology, the variety of topics sociologists study, the research methods they use, and the kind of knowledge they produce.

"I learned a lot over the last few weeks and really enjoyed every minute of it." - Lehigh student, 2018
Course Content

This course provides a basic conceptual toolkit that students can use for understanding and analyzing the social world. The toolkit includes concepts like social structure, culture, norms and roles, power, and social categories, and social networks. In learning these concepts, discussions will focus on a wide range of practical applications, from fashion to politics, from sexual identity to economic markets, from racial discrimination to globalization.

By the end of the summer half session, students will have gained a facility to think sociologically, an appreciation for how social forces shape both our individual and collective lives, and the ability to recognize and evaluate the methods sociologists use to collect and analyze data.

"I thoroughly enjoyed [the class], which I was honestly skeptical to be the case prior to the start. It was definitely worth the time and effort necessary...Overall, I think it was organized very well and [Dr. Munson] made it very clear what was expected of us and always gave valuable feedback." -Lehigh student, 2018
Course Format

Introduction to Sociology is taught entirely online. The six week session is divided into a little more than a dozen modules, each lasting four days. Students can work at their own pace within each module, providing a great deal of flexibility with a variety of schedules. The modules contain concise videos, short activities, and blog posts that help introduce students to the key concepts in sociology. They also contain a series of online tools that allow students to interact with each other through video, online discussions, and even collective note-taking on readings.

Course Homework

There is no textbook for the course! Required readings consist of short, timely articles alongside relevant blog posts, short films, podcasts and other engaging material. Students are given the opportunity to work with course concepts and demonstrate their grasp of material through three short short essays. The first two are presented "in person" via video, while the third is a more traditional (3-4 page) paper. Some sample materials from the course:

Course Syllabus

The course is updated every semester to incorporate the best available material and feedback from students.

Course Instructor

Introduction to Sociology is taught by Professor Ziad Munson. The average student rating of his teaching effectiveness in the course last summer was 4.8 out of 5. He also teaches the course during the regular fall and spring semesters, which you can learn more about at tinyurl.com/lusoc1.

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Ziad Munson


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