SOC 110 B: Survey Of Sociology

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Summer Term: 
Meeting Time: 
TTh 1:10pm - 3:20pm
CMU 226
Frank Edwards

Syllabus Description:

Sociology 110: Introduction to Sociology

Summer 2014

Frank Edwards

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Course Meeting:

TTH 110-320

CMU 226


Office Hours:

TH 11-1

SAV 250/251

Course Description

Sociology is the investigation of the forces that structure social interaction. In this course, we will explore the core concepts used by sociologists to explain social behavior and social structure, evaluate some of the methodologies used by social scientists to build theories about how society operates, and develop an understanding of the basic outlines of contemporary American society. You should expect to have lively debates, engage interesting and sometimes controversial research, and develop basic skills as a social researcher.

Throughout this course, you will be expected read complex material with a critical perspective, develop your skills as a writer, and develop your ability to discuss social phenomena both theoretically and empirically.

Course Materials

Goffman, Alice. On the Run: Fugitive Life in an American City. Chicago, IL: University Of Chicago Press, 2014.

This book is available at the campus bookstore, or can be obtained quite inexpensively from online retailers. It is required.

Other course readings listed in the syllabus will be posted as pdfs on Canvas under “Files”.

Assignments and Grading

There will not be opportunities for extra credit. Quizzes and presentations cannot be completed after the deadline. Late writing assignments will be penalized 10 points for each day the assignment is submitted after the deadline.

I will use the standard UW Grade Scale ( to calculate final grades.

Reading Quizzes: 30%

For each day's reading, you will complete a short quiz available on Canvas. These quizzes are due at 11:59 the night before we discuss the material in class. For the readings assigned for 6/26, you should complete the accompanying quiz on Canvas before 11:59PM on 6/25. Quizzes cannot be completed after this deadline. Your responses should be about one paragraph long for each question. I will grade each response on a 10 point scale, and share the correct answer with you in class each day.

Writing Assignments: 40%

During the quarter, you will complete two brief 2 - 3 page writing assignments that apply concepts from the course to material from Goffman's On the Run. You will be expected to include concepts from lectures and cite relevant readings in these assignments. All citations should be provided in American Sociological Association citation style (

  • Writing Assignment 1 due July 17

  • Writing Assignment 2 due August 21

Further details on the particular writing assignments will be posted on Canvas, and all assignments will be submitted through Canvas.

Class Participation: 10%

Your participation in class discussions will be part of your final grade. Come to class with questions about the text, and be prepared to discuss ideas you found interesting or difficult.

Research Presentation: 20%

You will provide a brief presentation of a piece of original sociological research for the class. You will select an article from a list of important sociological studiescirculated in class. I will randomly assign presentation dates for all students, and presentations will begin on 7/8. It is your responsibility to let me know at the beginning of the quarter if there are dates you will be unable to attend.

Presentations ­should be between 5 and 7 minutes in length, followed by a brief discussion. We will usually hear 2 students present during each meeting of class. I will give a demonstration of a research presentation during the second week of class.

Presentations should cover 4 points:

  • What is the author's research question?

  • What are the main findings of the study?

  • How do these findings relate to concepts and themes from the course?

  • What are the implications of the study? Why are these findings important?







Introduction to the course




What is Sociology? Social Science?


Quiz 1


Quantitative Evidence

Goffman, Preface and Introduction

Quiz 2


Qualitative Evidence

Goffman, Chapter 1

Quiz 3


Core Theories, Functionalism: Norms and Social Order


Quiz 4, Presentations Begin


Core Theories,

Conflict: Power and Social Change

Marx and Engels, Chapter 1: “Bourgeois and Proletarians”

Goffman, Chapter 2

Quiz 5



DuBois, Chapter 1

Quiz 6



Goffman, Chapter 3

Writing Assignment 1



West and Zimmerman

Quiz 7




Goffman, Chapter 4

Quiz 8


Deviance and Crime


Quiz 9


Social Control: Mass Incarceration

Goffman, Chapter 5

Quiz 10


Gender Inequality

Budig and England

Quiz 11


Poverty and Class


Goffman, Chapter 6

Quiz 12


Health and the life course


Quiz 13



Armstrong, England and Fogarty

Goffman, Chapter 7

Quiz 14



Levi Martin

Quiz 15


Wrap up

Goffman, Conclusion and Epilogue

Writing Assignment 2

About your instructor

I am a graduate student in the Department of Sociology and a graduate fellow in the Comparative Law and Societies Studies program at the UW. I have an M.A. in Sociology from DePaul University, and a B.A. in Sociology and History from the University of Texas at Austin. My research interests include political sociology, sociology of law, social stratification, social control, child welfare and family policy, criminal and juvenile justice, media, race and quantitative and historical methods.

Catalog Description: 
Human interaction, social institutions, social stratification, socialization, deviance, social control, social and cultural change. Course content may vary, depending upon instructor.
GE Requirements: 
Individuals and Societies (I&S)
Last updated: 
July 22, 2016 - 9:12pm