SOCI 100

Introduction to Sociology

University of British Columbia

Introduction to problems in the analysis of social structures and processes. Basic sociological concepts will be introduced and their application demonstrated in various areas of sociology. Credit will be granted for only one of SOCI 100 or both SOCI 101, SOCI 102.
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Department
of
Sociology
Sociology 100 Section 001
Introduction to Sociology
Year: 2018-19 Terms: 1 and 2
Course Schedule: Lectures: MWF 2-3 Term I: Chemistry B150
Term II: LIFE 2201
Discussion Groups: Tuesdays
Instructor:
Dr. Neil Guppy
Anth/Soci Bldg, Rm 126
Ph: 604 822-3670 (O)
604 319-6762 (H)
neil.guppy@ubc.ca
Office Hours: by appointment (arrange after class or via email; I’m happy to meet with you)
Sociology 100 UBC Calendar Description: Introduction to problems in the analysis of social
structures and processes. Basic sociological concepts will be introduced and their application
demonstrated in various areas of sociology. The course includes a survey of research methods,
major theoretical trends, and representative works of contributors to sociology. Credits: 6
Teaching Assistants:
1
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3
4
5
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8
9
10
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Navigating Sociology 100:
In order to do well in this course, it is necessary that you:
1) Attend all lectures.
2) Complete all the assigned readings.
3) Attend and participate in all discussion groups and associated activities.
4) Complete all assignments and exams.
Textbook: George Ritzer and Neil Guppy Introduction to Sociology 2014 Sage Publications
NB: Royalties I receive on the sale of this book are donated to a UBC scholarship fund.
For each lecture, the PowerPoint slides will be available immediately prior to class. Please also
read the Guide to Writing Papers and the Guide to Reading Critically, both on the course’s
Canvas site.
Course Website: http://canvas.ubc.ca
If you are properly registered, you should see Sociology 100 001 as one of your listed courses.
Requirements:
Assignments (see “Writing Papers” – on the course website for grading criteria)
1. Mills Paper see page 8 (your task is to use Mills’ idea of the distinction between
personal troubles and public issues to explain an issue of personal concern to you)
2. Social Construction or McDonaldization Paper see page 9 (using the concepts and ideas
you have learned in Sociology, write a short paper on either social construction or
McDonaldization).
3. Sociological Issues Paper see page 10 (your task is to write a research paper related to a
restricted list of sociological topics listed on page 10).
Summary of Critical Dates
1. Mills Paper October 15, 2018
2. Fall Midterm October 26, 2018
3. Social Construction or McDonaldization Paper January 14, 2019
4. Research Paper Proposal Due February 1, 2019
5. Sociological Issues Research Paper March 11, 2019
6. December and April Exams scheduled by the registrar’s office
Grading Summary
1. Class Participation 15% 5. Soci Const or McD Paper 10%
2. Mills Paper 10% 6. Socio Issues Prop. & Pap 20%
3. October Mid-term 10% 7. Final Exam (April) 20%
4. December Exam 15%
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Policy on Late
Papers
Plagiarism
The due dates of all assignments are stated clearly failure to submit an
assignment by the due date, without a valid written reason beforehand, will
result in the loss of 10% of the assignment’s value for each day beyond the
due date and your paper will be returned to you much later than other papers. If your paper is
late, it must be submitted to the ANSO main office.
Please see the following website on the writing of papers at UBC.
(URL: http://learningcommons.ubc.ca/resource-guides/avoiding-plagiarism/ )
At the discretion of the instructor, and in accord with the UBC calendar, you
may be asked to submit your paper electronically so that it may be examined via TurnItIn.com.
From the UBC Calendar: Academic Regulations, Attendance
“Regular attendance is expected of students in all their classes (including lectures,
laboratories, tutorials, seminars, etc.). Students who neglect their academic work
and assignments may be excluded from final examinations.” Regular attendance is
considered part of your academic work.
Excellence in learning and research is fostered by promoting the freest possible
exchange of information, ideas, beliefs and opinions in diverse forms, and it necessarily
includes dissemination and discussion of controversial topics and unpopular points of
view. A respectful environment is a climate in which the human dignity of each
individual is valued, and the diverse perspectives, ideas and experiences of all members of the
community are able to flourish.
The Wellness Centre is a friendly, welcoming space for you to ask questions to trained
professionals or peers about things like safer sex, how to manage stress, eating well, and
sleep. This is a valuable resource for all kinds of personal issues:
http://students.ubc.ca/livewell/services/wellness-centre
Arts Academic Advising please visit if you have concerns about academic issues
http://www.arts.ubc.ca/academic-advising
Please note that if you fail all three examinations for the course, I will require
you to have an evaluation meeting with me before I will assign a final grade. I
have worried in the past that some students are buying essays rather than
submitting their own work. This policy is in place to help to deter that
practice.
Respectful
Environment
Wellness
Arts
Academic
Advising
Final Grade
for the
Course
Detailed Weekly Schedule (2018)
Wk
Date
Topic
Readings
Weekly Discussion Group*
Important Dates
1
5-Sept
Welcome/How to Succeed
Introduction
1
7-Sep
Humans as Social Animals
R&G Chap 1
2
10-Sep
Ways of Seeing
Introductions Humans / Animals
12-Sep
Language and Society
R&G Chap 2
14-Sep
Sociological Imagination
3
17-Sep
Sticks and Stones
Soci Imag Focus See R&G 19-23
19-Sep
Discovery/Exploration
R&G Chap 3
21-Sep
Colonization and Power
R&G Chap 4
Registration
Deadline S100
Culture and Socialization
4
24-Sep
Social Construction
C. W. Mills, "The
Promise" (Canvas)
Thomas Principle
26-Sep
Society/Culture
Mills Bio (Canvas)
28-Sep
Socialization
R&G Chap 5
5
1-Oct
Messages and McLuhan
Mills Paper
Media
3-Oct
Media Concentration
5-Oct
No Class
Neil away
No Class
6
8-Oct
Thanksgiving
Build My Career I
No Class
10-Oct
Chomsky & Consent
12-Oct
New Media
7
15-Oct
Citizenship
Build My Career II
1st Paper Due
Social Organization and Change
17-Oct
Rationalization I
R&G Chap 6
19-Oct
Rationalization II
8
22-Oct
Bureaucracy
Midterm Review
24-Oct
Time and Space
26-Oct
Midterm
Midterm
* Discussion groups occur on the Tuesday of each week.
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Detailed Weekly Schedule (Cont.)
Wk
Date
Topic
Readings
Weekly Discussion Group
Important Dates
Social Organization and Change (cont)
9
29-Oct
Knowledge and Science
Social Construction
31-Oct
Kuhn and Social Science
2-Nov
Economic Systems
R&G Chap 12
Economic Sociology
10
5-Nov
Economic Processes I
No Discussion Group
7-Nov
Economic Processes II
9-Nov
Economic Processes III
McDonaldization
11
12-Nov
Remembrance day
No Class
14-Nov
Globalization
16-Nov
Global Organ Trade
12
19-Nov
Coffee Commodity Chain
No Discussion Groups
21-Nov
Discuss 2nd Term Paper
23-Nov
No Class
No Class
13
26-Nov
Population I
R&G Chap 14
Exam Review
28-Nov
Population II
30-Nov
Exam Review
December
Dec. Exam
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Detailed Term 2 Schedule (2019)
Wk
Date
Topic
Readings
Weekly Discussion Group
Important Dates
1
Jan 2
Exam Review
Deviance and Social Control
Jan 4
Social Construction of Crime
R&G Chap 7
2
Jan 7
Explanations of Crime I
Starbucks / McDonalds
Jan 9
Explanations of Crime II
Jan 11
Situational Deviance
3
Jan 14
Punishment
R&G Chap 8
Starbucks / McDonalds
2nd Paper Due
Jan 16
Human Rights I
Jan 18
Human Rights II
4
Jan 21
Discuss Sociological Issues
Paper
Starbucks/McDonalds
Social Inequality
Jan 23
Economic Class
Jan 25
Social Status
5
Jan 28
Race / Ethnicity I
R&G Chap 9
Proposal Drafting
Jan 30
Race / Ethnicity II
Feb 1
Gender and Inequality
R&G Chap 10
Paper 3 Proposal
Due
6
Feb 4
Gender Based Violence
Starbucks/McDonalds
Feb 6
Sexuality
Feb 8
Poverty/Homelessness
7
Feb 11
First Nations
None (Paper Writing)
Feb 13
Consequences/Prejudice
Proposals Returned
Feb 15
No Class
No Class
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Detailed Term 2 Schedule (Continued)
Wk
Date
Topic
Readings
Weekly Discussion Groups
Important Dates
Institutions
Feb
18-22
Mid-Term Break No
Classes
Read for next
paper
Feb 18-22 No Classes
8
Feb 25
Solutions
None (Paper Writing)
Feb 27
Institutionalization
Mar 1
Economy Change I
9
Mar 4
Economy Change II
Credentials or Skills
Mar 6
Education I Intelligence
R&G Chap 16
Mar 8
Education II Schooling
10
Mar 11
Education III Inequality
Free Rider Problem
3rd Paper Due
Mar 13
Family Changing Forms
R&G Chap 11
Mar 15
Families Continued
R&G Chap 15
11
Mar 18
Health Changing Foci
No Discussion Groups
Mar 20
Social Chg/Movements I
Mar 22
Social Chg/Movements II
12
Mar 25
No Class
No Discussion Groups
No Class
Mar 27
Ecology & Environment I
Mar 29
Ecology & Environment II
13
Apr 1
Artificial Intelligence
Apr 3
Review
Review
April
April Exam
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Assignment 1:
1. Mills Paper Percentage of final grade: 10
Pages: 5-6 pages (maximum of 1,500 words), excluding optional references
Due date/time/place: October 15th, 2018 in class or by 4:30 pm Anth/Soci Bldg.
Write a 5-6 page paper on the following topic. Follow the guidelines for writing papers available
on the course website. Be certain to submit the “Checklist: Complete and Attach to Your Term
Paper” found on page eleven of that document, add this as an appendix to your paper.
In The Sociological Imagination (1959), C. Wright Mills suggests that there is an important
distinction between personal troubles and public issues. To illustrate, Mills uses the example of
unemployment:
When, in a city of 100,000, only one man is unemployed, that is his personal trouble, and
for its relief we properly look to the character of the man, his skills, and his immediate
opportunities. But when in a nation of 50 million employees, 15 million men are
unemployed, that is an issue, and we may not hope to find its solution within the range of
opportunities open to any one individual.
Mills 1959: 9
The purpose of your first essay is to use Mills’ conception of the sociological imagination to
analyze your own biography. The requirements of this paper are four-fold. First, introduce your
topic and major point(s) in a paragraph or two. Second, explain what Mills means by the
“sociological imagination” and explain his distinction between “personal troubles” and “public
issues”. This should be done in a page or two. Third, use your sociological imagination to reflect
on your own biography. Taking something from your own experience, demonstrate how it could
be understood as a product of social or historical forces. Pick an issue, incident, or circumstance
in your life (such as your decision to attend university, or whom you are friendly with, or your
leisure interests, or a family move), and use Mills’ conceptions of personal troubles and public
issues to explain your biographical detail sociologically. This should be done in about two pages.
[NB: Mills’ does not mean, by personal trouble, some personal trauma or tragedy. He means
simply a private experience or personal decision. He wants us to understand how private
experiences are linked to broader, public issues the seemingly private can very often be
understood more fully when seen in a public context.] Fourth, explain how you can understand
or reflect upon the interplay between personal troubles and public issues. For example, why does
Mills’ comment that the sociological imagination offers both a “terrible lesson” and a
“magnificent one”?
***Papers should be submitted in class on the due date. Be certain to include your TAs name
on the front cover of the paper. If necessary, papers can be submitted via the “Essay Drop Box”
in the Sociology Department office by 4:30 pm on the due date. Do not put papers under office
doors or in the mail room in the Anth/Soci building.
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Assignment 2:
2. Social Construction or McDonaldization
Pages: 5-6 pages (maximum of 1,500 words), excluding references. Due date/time/place:
January 14th, 2019 in class or by 4:30 pm Anth/Soci Bldg . Percentage of final grade: 10
Write a 5-6 page paper on one of the following topics. Follow the guidelines for writing papers
available on the course website. Be certain to submit the “Checklist: Complete and Attach to
Your Term Paper found on page eleven of that document, add this as an appendix to your paper.
1) What is money? How can ideas of social construction help to illuminate money? Be sure to
explain what social construction is, and then show how money does or does not qualify as
something that is a social invention, a social thing, or a social construction.
2) How is gender a social construction? Be sure to explain what social construction is, and
then show how gender can be thought of as different from sex.
3) How is race a social construction? Be sure to explain what social construction is, and then
show how race can be usefully understood through the lens of social construction.
4) How is <your topic of choice> socially constructed? Be sure to explain what social
construction is, and then show how your topic of choice can be usefully understood through the
lens of social construction.
5) Use the lens of McDonaldization to explore an issue of your choice. Be sure to explain
what McDonaldization means and then show how it can help us to understand an issue of your
choice baseball, art, music, or whatever.
***Papers should be submitted in class on the due date. Be certain to include your TAs name
on the front cover of the paper. If necessary, papers can be submitted via the “Essay Drop Box”
in the Sociology Department office by 4:30 pm on the due date. Do not put papers under office
doors or in the mail room in the Anth/Soci building.
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Assignment 3:
3. Sociological Issues Research Paper
Pages 8-10 pages (maximum of 2,500 words), excluding title pages and references
Due date/time/place: March 11th, 2019 in class, or by 4:30 pm AnSo Bldg
Percentage of final grade: 20
You must submit a proposal for this paper to your TA. The proposal is due on February 3rd, at
the latest (submitting the proposal much earlier would be beneficial). TAs will endeavor to
return these to you as soon as they can. The proposal should note your topic (see below),
provide a possible opening paragraph, outline in bullet form highlights of the paper, and list at
least three academic references that you will use.
Write an 8 to 10 page paper using one of the following titles.
How Asia-facing is UBC? Curriculum content, faculty profiles, and/or ???
Are Newspapers (or Journalists) the new telegraph?
Are Young People Politically Apathetic?
Do we make too much of a big deal about body image?
How does UBC have to change to stay relevant?
Where do norms (societal social rules) come from?
What does sociological research tell us about getting your first fulltime job?
Your Task: The purpose of this paper is to allow you to pursue in-depth research on a topic of
your choice, as long as it relates to one of the titles above (which can be modified within reason)
and it relates to topics discussed in class lectures, in the discussion groups, or in the readings.
Please define a coherent issue to pursue.
Note that a proposal is due for this paper. In the proposal you should clarify your title, write an
opening paragraph that hooks the readers interest (why is this issue worth my reading about?),
and then sketches out, in bullet points, several of the topical ideas you will explore. Include a list
of references at least three should be academic (i.e., peer reviewed scholarly journal articles or
books by university-based authors). The goal here is to get a start on clarifying a topic and then
getting some feedback on direction and other possible sources of information. The proposal is
due February 1, 2019.
***Papers should be submitted in class on the due date. Be certain to include your TA’s name
on the front cover of the paper. If necessary, papers can be submitted via the “Essay Drop Box”
in the Sociology Department office by 4:30 pm on the due date. Do not put papers under office
doors or in the mail room in the Anth/Soci building.

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