Spring 2014 Syllabi

SOC. 231.02

SOC. 231.02

by Crystal Starr -
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Principles of Sociology 231-04 (Spr. 2014)


Professor:      C. Starr         

Class Meets: Tuesday Evening 05/06/2014-08/12/2014

Time: 6:00PM – 8:54 PM

Location: Jackson North Campus

Room #: 102

Office hours: 5 mins. Before or after class;  or by appt. only

Email: starrcrystald@jccmi.edu (for student communication)



*Sociology In Our Times: The Essentials, 9th Edition, Diana Kendall

*(See course pg. for book cover)

*ISBN: 495-59862-3


Course Description:

This course will help the student to explore the world through a sociologist’s eyes. The course context will highlight and demonstrate the relevance of sociology to everyday life. Each chapter provides engaging first-person narratives that illustrate social issues in the context of real people’s lives. These narratives establish themes woven throughout each chapter in terms of theories and concepts discussed in class.

The course will integrate race, class, and gender issues, and present sociological theory as it pertains to diversity and inequality. In addition, a sociological view of contemporary studies involving intergroup relations and cultural differentiation connects our understanding of how intergroup relations continually change.

Concluding, our discourse will investigate the relationship between social change and collective behavior, the development of social movements and research based on analyzing current social movements. Will we ask probing questions on frame analysis often highlighting recurring patterns, which influence economic, political, psychological, and sociological factors.