Are you interested in social issues such as poverty, inequality, gender and sexuality, immigration, and race, among others? Would you like to better understand the causes and consequences of these issues? This Introduction to Sociology course will help you understand the social forces that shape our social world as well as how the social world influences the way we think, feel, and act. Through readings and films we will engage in class discussions aimed at helping us develop our sociological imagination and look at the world through a sociological lens. Requirements include exams and a final paper where students are able to explore contemporary issues such as the Muslim Executive Ban, police brutality, the Dakota Access Pipeline, gender inequality in politics, the Flint, MI water crisis and the Opioid epidemic through a sociological lens. Students who successfully complete this seminar will receive course credit for SOCI 101 and satisfy one half of the Social Relations, Institutions, and Agents area of inquiry requirement.
Jacqueline Villarrubia-Mendoza is a sociologist who specializes on topics of Latin American/Caribbean migration to the United States; specifically how immigrants –primarily undocumented- are incorporated into the economic, spatial, and social sphere of their new host communities. She is currently examining the experiences of undocumented youth in New York State’s Hudson Valley who have received temporary status through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).