Sociology 101, Introduction to Sociology @QC
Readings for SPRING 2015, Professor Levine


The readings for this course are available 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.



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

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


1. Feb 2-4 - "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. Feb 9-11 -  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. Feb 16-18 (No class Mod, Feb 16)    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


Part 2:  Health, Police, Wealth and Government Policy


4,  Feb 23-25 - 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


5. March 2-4 - Marijuana Arrests and Policing Are Not As They Seem (tentative)
- The Scandal of Racist Marijuana Possession Arrests - by Harry Levine - Oct 2013
- Race, Class and Marijuana Arrests in Mayor de Blasio's Two New Yorks - Harry Levine - Oct 2014
- Despite de Blasio’s Promise, Marijuana Arrests Persist in New York - Jim Dwyer, NY Times, Oct 2014
- No Progress on Marijuana Arrests - NY Times Editorial - Oct 2014
- NYPD to Stop Arresting for Minor Marijuana Possession, Will issue Tickets - NY Daily News - Nov 11, 2014


6, March 9-11 - 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

7. March 16-18 -   Review


8, March 23 - review  --
WED MARCH 25  *******EXAM********  WED MARCH 25

Click here for a Guide to Preparing for the First Exam



Part 3: A New Invitation to Sociology 

Readings now are excerpts from Peter Berger's book  Invitation to Sociology, and other articles.
The Reader for this will be available at Queens Copy Center before the First Exam.




9. March 30 - April 1 - Invitation to Sociology: Sociology as a Form of Consciousness
- Preface and Chapter 1: Sociology as a Past Time - (Things are not as they seem)

- Chapter 2: Sociology As A Form Of Consciousness -  (Four Motifs: Debunking, Unrespectabiity, Relativizing, Cosmopolitanism)  (25 pages)




10. April 13-15 - Social Control, Institutions, Stratification 

-  Chapter 3: The Person in Society read twice (plus)


11. April 20-April 22 - Society Inside a  Person:  ROLES, The Sociology of Knowledge, Reference Groups, Socialization, & Internalization 


- Chapter 4: Society Inside Of Us,


12: April 27-29 - Society As Drama:  Real Choice and Real Freedom In The Real World


- Chapter 5: Society as Drama: Sociology as a Humanistic Discipline


13:  May 4-6:  To Be Assigned


14:  May 11-13:  Review and Last Class


pdf of some key concepts from Berger's book


pdf of chart of key points from the final three chapters of Berger's book


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.