Sociology : How Human Action And Consciousness Both Shape And Are Shaped By Surrounding Cultural And Social Structures

913 Words Jan 20th, 2016 4 Pages
Sociology’s purpose is to understand how human action and consciousness both shape and are shaped by surrounding cultural and social structures. Sociology can be so broad and the subject matter is diverse; ranging from crime to religion, from family to the state, from the divisions of race and so much more. Most importantly it helps explain important matters in our personal lives, our communities, and the world.
A sociology instructor at Kingsborough community college, located in Brooklyn New York, decided to incorporate students’ everyday life experiences into the classroom in an introduction to sociology course. Most students enroll in this course with a lack of experience with sociology. In his course, students are taught through classroom discussions and through course assignments. The instructor believes students learn by doing because it creates more permanent knowledge base of material that can be useful at work, at home, or in their neighborhoods. Better (2013) states, “approximately 1,800 students are enrolled in a section of Introductory to Sociology each semester at Kingsborough” (p. 387). Students are involved actively and are engaged completely in the course from the very beginning, which is vital because this course is required for many students, such as nursing, journalism, criminal justice, and education studies. According to Better (2013), “Kingsborough students are diverse in race, gender, and age” (p. 386); For example, 56% are female, 44% are male.

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