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

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

 

Part 1. Cultures and Corporations Are Not As They Seem: Perceiving the Real World

 

1. Aug 31 - Sept 2 - Things Are Not As They Seem:  The hidden effects of cultural patterns
-  important Things To Know About Preparing for Class and Exams, and What College Is
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Body Rituals of the Nacirema  by Horace Miner 

-  Baseball Magic by George Gmelch

-  India's Sacred Cow  by Marvin Harris

2. Sept 7-9 (no class Mon) -  Society Inside of the Individual: Roles, Culture, Ethnicity, Socialization, and Internalization
-  Cultural Responses to Pain  by Mark Zborowski,
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Learning The Student Role: Kindergarten As Academic Boot Camp  by Harry Gracy
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Culture - the Encarta Encyclopedia

 

3. Sept 14-16 (No class Mon)  The Contradiction Between Corporate Profit and the Public Good: What Happens when Corporations Are Not Regulated?
-  Love Canal by Michael Brown
-  Pinto Madness by Mark Dowie

 

Part 2:  Health, Police, Wealth and Major Institutions

4,  Sept 21-23 - Caring for People in Modern Societies
- Teenage Pregnancy In Developed Countries by Jones et. al.
- Health care in crisis: does Canada have the answer? From Consumer Reports

 

5. Sept 28-30 - Summonses, Arrests, Warrants, Punishments: The Policing of Minor Offenses by Age, Class and Race.
- Inside the Warped World of Summons Court - Brent Staples - NY Times

- One Arrest Warrant for Every Seven New Yorkers - by Harry Levine - Aug 2015
- Police Shootings & The Dangers Of Turning Police Officers Into Revenue Generators, by Jack Hitt, Oct 2015

- In Ferguson, Court Fines and Fees Fuel Anger - National Public Radio - Aug 2014
- 'Black Lives Matter' and the GOP, by Charles Blow, NY Times, Aug 2015

- 500,000 Summonses A Year in New York City - Harry Levine - Dec 2015

- A New Look At Punishment For Minor Offenses, by Stephanie Clifford, NY Times, Aug 2015

 

6, Oct 5-7  - The Epidemic of Marijuana Possession Arrests 

- Graphs of Marijuana Arrests in New York City -  by Harry Levine

-The Scandal of Racist Marijuana Possession Arrests by Harry Levine

- Race, Class and Marijuana Arrests in Mayor de Blasio's Two New Yorks, by Harry Levine and other authors

7. Oct 12-14 - (No class Monday) Wealth and Inequality
- 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 19-21  Review

 

9, Oct 26 review  Oct - 28   *******EXAM********

 

MATERIAL FOR PREPARING FOR THE FIRST EXAM

 

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Part 3: A New Invitation to Sociology 

Readings from now on are revised excerpts from the book Invitation to Sociology by Peter Berger, and other articles. The Reader for this will be available at Queens Copy Center in October. 

 

10. Nov 2-4. 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) 

 

11. Nov 9-11 - Social Control, Institutions, Stratification
- Chapter 3: The Individual in Society read twice (plus)

 

12: Nov 16-1 - Society Inside the Individual:  ROLES, The Sociology of Knowledge, Reference Groups, Socialization, & Internalization
-  Chapter 4: Society Inside Of the Individual

 

13: Nov 23-25 - Society As Drama:  Real Choice and Real Freedom In The Real World

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

 

14:  Nov 30-Dec 1-Finishing Berger

 

15:  Dec 7-9-14   Review and Last Class

 

DEC 23 - FINAL EXAM, WED DEC 23, 1:45 - 3:45  in our lecture hall.
The final exam covers the whole semester and all the readings and lectures. The final exam is cumulative.
This reading list is the most important document in the class. Know it well!

*****CHART OF TERMS AND CONCEPTS IN THREE KEY CHAPTERS OF BERGER'S BOOK  - NEW

*****Page of key terms and concepts from Berger's book - NEW

*****PREPARING TO ANSWER QUESTIONS FOR THE FINAL EXAM -- FRIDAY DEC 18 - NEW

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The readings for this course WILL be available by the second week of classes 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.

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.