What Will Learn?
Sociology is the study of group life and those parts of our individual lives that are affected by social interaction. Its beginning point is the assumption that we are social animals by birth, that is, that we are powerfully influenced by other people’s expectations.
Sociologists would argue that you can’t make sense of your own behavior, much less the patterns of behavior in families, corporations, or nations, without developing a quality of mind which is sometimes termed as “the sociological imagination.” Sociology can provide foundation knowledge about social interactions, organizations and society helpful in the pursuit of careers and a good life for ourselves and our families.
Sociology also can help us prepare for specific careers, by studying particular sectors of society (discussed below), and by sharpening our skills needed to be effective in business and public life, such as analytic thinking and problem solving, information gathering and interpretation, and report writing. Sociology is unique in its recognition not only that societies shape us, but also that we shape our societies.
This latter process is present in all societies and all human groups, but it is especially central to democracy in which citizens are explicitly expected to participate in shaping their society. Indeed, without an informed and active citizenry, democracy withers and dies. Whether it’s the prospects for your marriage, the safety of your neighborhood, the likelihood of success in your chosen occupation, or the future of your planet, these outcomes depend as much on world-historical changes taking place in society as on issues of ability and character at the individual level.
The faculty at BlueJays will endeavor to provide the students with the tools of the sociological imagination and introduce them to the process by which sociological theories are developed and how those theories may usefully be applied to major social problems.