"The creation of the United States of America
is the greatest of all human adventures. No other national story
holds such tremendous lessons, for the American people themselves
and for the rest of mankind."
A History of the American People
"I would rather have a nod
from an American, than a snuff-box from an emperor."
-Lord Byron (1788-1824)
"God bless the USA, so large,
so friendly, and so rich."
-W.H. Auden (1907-1973)
English-born poet and man of letters
"Next to religion, let your
care be to promote justice."
-Fracis Bacon (1561-1626)
British statesman and philosopher
"There is no such thing as
justice, in or out of court."
-Clarence S. Darrow (1857-1938)
"Democracy arose from men's
thinking that if they are equal in any respect,
they are equal absolutely."
-Aristotle (384 BC-322 BC)
"It has been said that Democracy
is the worst form of government except all those other forms that
have been tried from time to time"
-Winston Churchill (1874-1965)
Sociology is an elective course that studies human society and
social behavior. Positive human relationships are an essential
part of a civilized society. How we interact with each other is
important so that we can find answers to questions and solve problems
in our world. “Sociology teaches us to look at life in a
scientific, systematic way.” The way that we view the world
comes from what we learn in our everyday activities. “The
values, beliefs, lifestyles of those around us, as well as historic
events help to mold us into unique individuals who have varied
outlooks on social reality.” This course deals with the
social atmosphere that helps to make us who we are and how we
behave. Sociology will cover topics such as culture, violence,
deviance, social control, socialization and personality, group
behavior, social class, and social institutions. The key component
of this course is to study ourselves and the society that influences
some people, sociology is the key to understanding the world in
which they live and how individuals in that world interact with
each other. For others, sociology is a means of highlighting injustices
in our capitalistic or patriarchal society. Government policy
on issues such as poverty, education, health, policing and equality
has been influenced by sociological research. That research can
be statistical, collected perhaps by survey, or more personal,
collected through observation. But just how valid are these surveys
and documented observations, anyway? And do surveys arrive at
any universal truths, or are they merely snapshots of events/situations
which people rationalized about and promote as consistent facts?
We’ll take a look at these and other issues as we work our
way through this semester course.