Sociology 101, Introduction to Sociology @QC
Readings for FALL 2014, Professor Levine


 At Queens Copy Center 65-01 Kissena Blvd.  Directly across from the main entrance to QC,

BELOW Gino's Pizza.  Ask for the Sociology 101 Readings for Professor Levine's Class.


The first two weeks readings are available below as pdf files that you can print out. 

Just click on the underlined link and you will be taken to a pdf of the article. Print them out. 



Part 1. Living In The Real World: Culture and Institutions Are Not As They Seem

(All readings in the first collection of articles)


1. Sept 8 - "Things Are Not As They Seem To Be":  The peculiarities and hidden uses of cultural patterns
-  important Things To Know About Preparing for Class and Exams, and What College Is

-  Body Rituals of the Nacirema  by Horace Miner 
Baseball Magic by George Gmelch
India's Sacred Cow  by Marvin Harris

2. Sept 15-17 -   Society Inside of Us: Roles in Culture, Ethnicity, Socialization, and Internalization
-  Cultural Responses to Pain  by Mark Zborowski,
Learning The Student Role: Kindergarten As Academic Boot Camp  by Harry Gracy
Culture - the Encarta Encyclopedia


3. Sept 22 (No class Wed 9/24) The Contradiction Between Corporate Profit and the Public Good:
                                             What Happens when Corporations Are Not Regulated By Government?
-  Love Canal by Michael Brown
-  Pinto Madness by Mark Dowie

4. Sept 29-Oct1  Marijuana Arrests and Policing Are Not As They Seem
- Beyond Broken: NYPD Summons for Minor Violations -- NY Daily News, Aug 4, 2014
- Marijuana Arrests in New York, 1978-2010 - Testimony by Harry Levine
- More of The Same: Marijuana Possession Arrests in 2014 - Harry Levine and Loren Siegel
- The Scandal of Racist Marijuana Possession Arrests - by Harry Levine

5,  Monday OCT 6 Review -- Wednesay Oct 8  *****FIRST EXAM****.   
Click here for a study guide for the First Exam)


Part 2:  Heath Care, Wealth, Race, and The Sociological Imagination
(All readings in the second collection of articles)

6,  Oct 15  (no class Mon) Health and Government Policy
- Teenage Pregnancy In Developed Countries by Jones et. al.
- Health care in crisis: does Canada have the answer? From Consumer Reports


7. Oct 20-22  Wealth and Inequality in America
- Inequality: Of the 1%, by the 1%, for the 1%  by Joseph Stiglitz
- The Great Wealth Transfer by Paul Krugman
- Helping The Poor, The British Way by Paul Krugman


8. Oct 27-29  Science and Policy 
- Racism and Research: The case of the Tuskegee syphilis study  by Alan Brandt,
- Decisions of death. by David Bruck
- Asian Americans: The Myth Of The Model Minority  by Ronald Takaki


9. Nov 3-5 The Sociological Imagination and Invitation to Sociology
- The Promise of the Sociological Imagination. by C. Wright Mills,
(one other reading to be distributed separately)


10. Mon Nov 10 revew --  Wednesday Nov 12.  ****SECOND EXAM**** Nov 12.  
Click here for a study guide for the Second Exam



Readings from now on are excerpts from Peter Berger, Invitation to Sociology in the third collection.

The Reader for this will be available on Nov 11 at the Copy Center where the other readers were bought


Part 3: Things Are Not As They Seem With The Sociological Imagination


11. Nov  17-19: Preface and Chapter 1: Sociology as a Past Time


Chapter 2: "FOUR MOTIFS: Debunking, Unrespectabiity, Relativizing, Cosmopolitanism


- read Chapter 2 "Sociology as a Form of Consciousness (Bring the readings to class)
Tip: first read the last few paragraphs of Chapter 2 first, especially the last paragraph of Chapter 2.


12, Nov 24-26  SOCIAL CONTROL, Institutions, Stratification 

- read Chapter 4 "Man In Society" (Bring the book to class)


13. Dec 1-3, ROLES, Reference Groups, Socialization, Internalization, & The Sociology Of Knowledge
- read: Chapter 5: "Society In Man" (Bring the book to class)



14. Dec 8-10 Real CHOICE And Real FREEDOM In The Real World (Bring the book to class)
Chapter 6: "Society As Drama"
Chapter 8: "Sociology As A Humanistic Discipline"
- read closely: The Last Pages Of Chapter 8



15. Dec 15. Review Berger and The Semester. (Bring all readings to class)

Dec 15 is the last class (Bring all readings to class)


Study Materials for the Final Exam are here:


-- Chart for Berger's Book.pdf


The final exam covers the whole semester.


This reading list is the most important document in the class. Know it well!


All final exams at the college, including ours, will be scheduled by the QC Registrar and held in the two weeks following the last class.

The time of the final exam is announced by the Registrar's office later in the semester.