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SOCI 1F90 Study Guide - Midterm Guide: Neoliberalism, Erving Goffman, Amartya Sen

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SOC 1F90 Introduction to Sociology
Brock University
SOC 1F90, Section 1
Lectures: Thursday 1000 to 1200
Location: DHOWES
Contact Information
Fall Professor: Dr. Nancy Cook
Office: STH 416, Ext 3176
Office hours: Tues 1000 to 1100
Or by appointment
Winter Professor: Dr. Michelle Webber
Office: STH 420, Ext 4411
Office Hours: Thurs 1200 to 1300
Or by appointment

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Course Coordinator: TBA – see SAKAI for details
Course Description
This course introduces students to the foundations of the academic discipline of Sociology. A
fundamental part of the discipline is the sociological perspective, which provides a critical
understanding of the social world and focuses on complex historical trends, developments and
social processes. We engage with the sociological perspective when we dispel ‘common sense’
understandings and realize that individual experiences are shaped by societal institutions,
processes and norms.
The course begins by familiarizing students with various theoretical and methodological
approaches in sociology. We then consider key social structures - such as class, gender, race and
sexuality - that organize social life and produce social inequalities. Finally, we explore social
institutions such as families, media and economies, which are in turn organized by these social
Learning Outcomes
By the end of this course, students will be expected to:
a) think critically about various social, historical and political dynamics, as well as a range of
social processes that structure everyday life, mainly in the global North;
b)develop the beginnings of a sociological imagination that situates personal experience in a
larger social context;
c) critically read and assess academic sociological literature;
d)understand and evaluate a range of sociological theories;
e) understand some of the methodologies, methods and ethical concerns related to sociological
research and knowledge production;
f) work cooperatively and collaboratively in a small group environment;
g)communicate ideas clearly and accurately in written and oral form;
h)improve familiarity with library resources;
i) manage course expectations and develop time management skills;
j) proficiently take notes from oral lectures.
Required Readings
Ravelli, B. and M. Webber. 2013. Exploring Sociology: A Canadian Perspective (Second
Edition). Toronto: Pearson. Available at the Brock University Bookstore.
Webber, M. and K. Bezanson (eds). 2012. Rethinking Society in the 21st Century: Critical
Readings in Sociology (Third Edition). Toronto: CSPI. Available at the Brock University
Some additional readings are posted on SAKAI.

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Course Evaluation
Fall Term:
1. Midterm Test 1 (Oct. 9) 10%
2. Literature Review 1 5%
(electronic due date: 0700 Oct. 30; hard copy due date: beginning of lecture Oct. 30)
3. Progress Exam (Registrar scheduled exam in December) 20%
Winter Term:
4. Literature Review 2 20%
(electronic due date: 0700 Jan. 22; hard copy due date: beginning of lecture Jan. 22)
5. Midterm test 2 (Feb. 12) 10%
6. Final Exam (Registrar scheduled exam in April) 25%
7. Seminar participation (calculated at the end of year) 10%
Please note: Further information on course requirements, readings and expectations may also
be provided in class and posted on SAKAI.
Successful completion of this course will depend on students’ engaged presence at lectures and
seminars. Students are expected to read the assigned material in advance of the corresponding
lecture and seminar. They are also responsible for the content of films and other visual media
shown in class, which are obtained from multiple sources. Professors do not have copies
available for loan.
Students may not film or record any part of lecture or seminar without the express consent of
the professor.
In-class tests: Tests will take place during lecture time. Each test is based on lecture material
(including films and other visual media) and assigned course readings. Tests will be based on
course material immediately preceding the test date. They may consist of multiple choice, fill-
in-the-blank, definition and short answer questions. Missing a test is a serious occurrence.
Missed tests will be judged on a case-by-case basis. Each request for a deferred test based on
extenuating circumstances must be accompanied by supporting documentation, which is due to
the course instructor within seven days of the missed test. There is no guarantee that a deferred
test will be granted. In the case of illness or other medical issues, a Student Medical Certificate
Form, available on SAKAI, must be submitted to the course instructor.
Progress and Final Exams: Both the progress and final exams are scheduled by the
Registrars Office. Questions are based on lecture material and assigned course readings.
Exams may comprise a combination of multiple choice, definition, short answer and essay
questions. The progress exam covers first term material and the final exam concentrates on the
topics covered between January and April. Students must write the exam for the course section
in which they are registered. If an exam is written for a section in which the student is not
registered, then the exam will NOT be graded. Missing an exam is a serious occurrence. Missed
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