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Intro to Sociology
Ms. Gluskin
• “Why has Canada's crime rate been falling?
• Do the new information and communication
technologies threaten our privacy rights?
• Why do women still hit a 'glass ceiling' in the
corporate and professional worlds?
• How does social class, gender and racism
influence social life and individual life-chances?”
Queen’s University. (2006). Department of Sociology. Retrieved
Feb. 3, 2011 from
Study of People
Trent University. (n.d.). Sociology. Retrieved Feb. 3, 2011 from
Areas of Study
• “Would you like to study organizations? Social
networks? Gender roles and relationships?
Family structure and behavior? Interpersonal
relationships and processes? Urban
development? Historical societies and
economies? Rural social trends? Are you
interested in social movements? Gang violence?
Current immigration issues? Race and ethnic
relations? Crime and incarceration? Perhaps
you have questions about poverty and
inequality… “
Stanford University. (n.d.). Stanford sociology programs. Retrieved Feb.
3, 2011 from ttp://
“Sociologists study how societies are organized and how this
organization shapes human behaviour. Sociologists primarily
study their own culture and examine contemporary issues.
They aim to produce research that has relevance to solving
current social problems, such as poverty and inequality,
racism, and population and environmental issues. As a
discipline, sociology stresses empathy and tolerance, values
of ever-increasing importance in our rapidly changing world.”
University of Victoria. (n.d.). Sociology: Making sense of societies. Retrieved Feb. 3, 2011 from
What Sociologists Do?
• “Sociologists are people who try to make
sense of the social world, past, present
and future. Sociologists reveal the hidden
workings of society, and like Dorothy from
The Wizard of Oz, they pull at the curtains
of society to uncover the wizards hiding
behind and operating the machinery.”
Ryerson University. (2011). Sociology: What is Sociology? Retrieved Feb. 3, 2011 from
“Sociology is the study of social life. Sociologists examine how
society is created, maintained, and changed, and what the
implications of social structures and social change are for people.
Sociological research often provides challenges to common
sense knowledge and helps us to understand that many of the
things we perceive to be “natural” are in fact socially
constructed and organized. It provides an opportunity to begin
thinking critically about taken-for-granted assumptions, and in the
process, understand the many ways personal experience is shaped
by social processes and social institutions.”
Wilfrid Laurier University. (2011). Sociology. Retrieved Feb. 3, 2011 from
Why Do Inequalities Exist?
Penn State Press. (n.d.). Sociology subject area. Retrieved Feb. 3, 2010 from
Equality Is the Goal…Yet Barriers Exist
University of Manitoba. (2011). Sociology. Retrieved Feb. 3, 2011 from
Acadia University. (2009). Department of sociology. Retrieved Feb. 3, 2011 from
Gender and Education Association. (2011). Gender differences in educational outcomes in Europe. Retrieved Feb. 3, 2011 from
The Shape of Sociology
Key Words
You Exist in a Social Context