Faculty/Graduate school Department of Global and Interdisciplinary Studies
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Year 2023
Class code A6161
Previous Class code
Previous Class title (Understanding Society)
Term 春学期授業/Spring
Day/Period 月1/Mon.1
Class Type
Campus 市ヶ谷 / Ichigaya
Classroom name 市富士‐F401
Grade 1~4
Credit(s) 2
Open Program
Open Program (Notes)
Global Open Program
Interdepartmental class taking system for Academic Achievers
Interdepartmental class taking system for Academic Achievers (Notes)
Class taught by instructors with practical experience
Urban Design CP
Diversity CP
Learning for the Future CP
Carbon Neutral CP
Chiyoda Campus Consortium
Duplicate Subjects Taken Under Previous Class Title ×
Category (commenced 2024 onwards)
Category (commenced 2020-2023) 100-level Introductory Courses(入門)
Social Sciences
Category (commenced 2016-2019) 100-level Introductory Courses
Culture and Society

【授業の概要と目的(何を学ぶか) / Outline and objectives】
This course provides an overview of sociology as the scientific study of society, and in particular, the distinctiveness of the sociological perspective. This course begins by introducing the concept of “sociological imagination,” one of the core sociological tools to analyze society. Next, the course touches on sociological theory and social research methods to understand the distinctiveness of the sociological perspective in more detail. Then, topics, such as socialization and the life course, social interaction, networks and groups, organizations, families and intimate relationships, education, social stratification and inequality, race and ethnicity, gender, and sexuality, are covered as examples of how the sociological imagination can be applied to different areas of society. Through this course, students will acquire the basic sociological tools to analyze society by learning the key theories and methods used in sociology and applying them to a variety of areas of society in written assignments and in-class discussions. More details of social research methods will be covered in the course “Introduction to Social Research Methods."

【到達目標 / Goal】
By the end of this course, students will be able to: (1) describe the key theories and methods used in sociology, (2) explain major substantive issues discussed in sociology (remembering/understanding), (3) apply the sociological imagination to analyze social issues (applying), and (4) compare and contrast various sociological tools to examine the association between individuals’ daily lives and social institutions (analyzing).

【この授業を履修することで学部等のディプロマポリシーに示されたどの能力を習得することができるか(該当授業科目と学位授与方針に明示された学習成果との関連) / Which item of the diploma policy will be obtained by taking this class?】
Will be able to gain “DP 1”, “DP 2”, “DP 3”, and “DP 4”.

【授業で使用する言語 / Default language used in class】
英語 / English

【授業の進め方と方法 / Method(s)】 (学期の途中で変更になる場合には、別途提示します。 /If the Method(s) is changed, we will announce the details of any changes. )
This course is taught primarily through interactive lectures. A variety of active learning techniques, such as in-class writing assignments (one-minute papers), neighbor discussions (think-pair-share), and comment sheets, are used to accommodate the diversity in student learning styles. In-class quizzes are held occasionally so that students understand their own level of understanding of the course materials at the moment. Verbal and written feedback on assignments is given during class discussions and through using other tools as appropriate. Also, feedback for the previous class is given at the beginning of each class. Students are encouraged to visit the instructor during office hours for more personalized feedback.

【アクティブラーニング(グループディスカッション、ディベート等)の実施 / Active learning in class (Group discussion, Debate.etc.)】
あり / Yes

【フィールドワーク(学外での実習等)の実施 / Fieldwork in class】
なし / No

【授業計画 / Schedule】
授業形態 / methods of teaching:対面/face to face

回 / No. 各回の授業形態予定 / methods of teachingテーマ / Theme 内容 / Contents
1 オンライン/onlineIntroduction Introduction
2 対面/face to faceSociological Theory What are the three main theoretical approaches in sociology?
3 対面/face to faceSocial Research Methods How do sociologists conduct research?
4 対面/face to faceSocialization and the Life Course What does it mean and take to become a member of society through socialization?
5 対面/face to faceSocial Interaction What is impression management?
6 対面/face to faceNetworks and Groups What happens when more than two people gather?
7 対面/face to faceOrganizations What is the difference between groups and organizations?
8 対面/face to faceFamilies and Intimate Relationships What does gender division of labor among married couples look like?
9 対面/face to faceEducation Is education a great equalizer or does it reproduce social inequality?
10 対面/face to faceSocial Stratification and Inequality What are the key theories of stratification in capitalist societies?
11 対面/face to faceRace and Ethnicity What is the social construction of race?
12 対面/face to faceGender What does it mean to study gender as a social institution?
13 対面/face to faceSexuality How do sociologists study inequality based on sexuality?
14 対面/face to faceReview & Final Exam What have we learned in this course? Final exam

【授業時間外の学習(準備学習・復習・宿題等) / Work to be done outside of class (preparation, etc.)】
Students are expected to review the lecture slides and other course materials after each class. Preparatory study and review time for this class are 2 hours each.

【テキスト(教科書) / Textbooks】
No textbook will be used. Electronic slides will be provided by the instructor.

【参考書 / References】
Further reference may be provided based on students’ areas of interest.

【成績評価の方法と基準 / Grading criteria】
Participation: 15%
In-class quizzes: 15%
Midterm paper: 30%
Final exam: 40%

【学生の意見等からの気づき / Changes following student comments】
Students have generally evaluated the class positively. The instructor will be attentive to student feedback and adjust workload and class material, when necessary.

【学生が準備すべき機器他 / Equipment student needs to prepare】
None. Students are encouraged to use computers/tablets for class-related purposes in class.

There is no prerequisite for this course, but this course is a prerequisite for intermediate and advanced level sociology courses.