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