SOCI203 Meeting 1 (Draft)


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  1. 1. SOCI 203/2AIntroduction to Society<br />Meeting 1: Introduction<br />AlexandreEnkerli<br />
  2. 2. What to Expect<br />From me<br />From you<br />From the semester<br />
  3. 3. Presentation<br />Getting to know me<br />&quot;Who to expect&quot;<br />&quot;How I roll&quot;<br />Here to help<br />Get to know you<br />
  4. 4. Social scientist<br />Social networks Malian hunters<br />Geek culture (tech, beer, coffee)<br />Ethnographer<br />But phone surveys<br />&quot;Public intellectual&quot;<br />Social media<br />Presentations<br />Market research<br />
  5. 5. Teacher<br />Diversified experience<br />Locations<br />Institutions<br />Fields<br />Constructivism<br />Critical thinking<br />Humour, play, informality<br />Flexibility<br />
  6. 6. Podcast<br />Technology<br />Recording<br />Attentive listening<br />Lecturecasts<br />Lecture part<br />Not discussion<br />Available after class<br />Focus class time on participation<br />
  7. 7. Slides<br />Will be posting them in advance<br />Follow along?<br />Hope for more<br />Wikified?<br />Outline<br />Crutch?<br />Skip<br />
  8. 8. Who are you?<br />Numerous<br />Diverse<br />Names<br />Profiles<br />&quot;Raised hand&quot;<br />
  9. 9. Where are you from?<br />Diverse origins<br />Disciplines<br />University experience<br />
  10. 10. Setting Up for the Semester<br />
  11. 11. Basic Terms<br />Course: SOCI 203/2A<br />Class: All of us<br />Class Meeting: Saturdays, 1:15 to 4:00<br />Classroom: H-507<br />Office: H-1125-28<br />Resource Lab: H-1132<br />
  12. 12. Class Meeting Structure (After Today)<br />First half: Discussion and exercises<br />15&apos; Break<br />Second Half: Preparation for material<br />
  13. 13. Course Contributions<br />What {you} give to the course<br />How would it be different if you weren&apos;t here?<br />All have something to contribute<br />Diverse backgrounds<br />Diverse interests<br />I also contribute<br />We&apos;re all in the same boat<br />Different roles<br />
  14. 14. Methods<br />Communicate<br />Prompted or not<br />Asking question<br />Reacting to somebody else<br />Do<br />Build, create, make...<br />Apply to own life (trace)<br />Editing material<br />Adding links<br />
  15. 15. Channels<br />In the classroom (exercises and discussions)<br />Online (Moodle)<br />Direct communication (office hours, etc.)<br />Progress through the semester<br />
  16. 16. Self-Assessment<br />Mid-Semester (October 24)<br />What grade, on 10, do you think you deserve?<br />Why? (Describe own contributions)<br />Still my decision<br />Not lenient<br />Can end up being zero<br />
  17. 17. Assessing<br />No comparison<br />Not about attendance<br />May be connected to work outside of class<br />May be connected to learning experience<br />May have to do with progression<br />
  18. 18. Evaluation of course contributions<br />End of semester<br />My evaluation<br />Based in part on self-assessment<br />Baseline<br />Notice progress<br />
  19. 19. Online<br />Internet<br />Blended learning<br />Maximize learning experience<br />Mostly Moodle<br />Moodle site for the course:<br />Forums<br />Wikis<br />
  20. 20. Time Online<br />At least 5 to 10 minutes a week for quiz<br />Stick around<br />Contribute<br />Forums<br />Other Modules<br />
  21. 21. Forums<br />News<br />Sociology café<br />General<br />Weekly Forums<br />Mid-Term Preparation<br />Wrap-Up<br />Can unsubscribe<br />
  22. 22. Required Material<br />Complementarity<br />Main Sources<br />Knutila textbook<br />Wikibook<br />Other course resources (online)<br />
  23. 23. Knuttila<br />Availability<br />Concordia Bookstore ($66.95/$50.25)<br />Former students<br />Library reserve<br />Resource lab (1132)<br />Choice<br />Treat as adults<br />Flexibility <br />Cost of textbooks<br />OUP<br />
  24. 24. Wikibook<br />Availability<br />Moodle<br />Wikibooks<br />Choice<br />Cover bases<br />Open Access<br />Shared material<br />
  25. 25. Wikibook Edits<br />Contribution<br />Not Anonymous<br />Thoughtful edits<br />Discourage from &quot;spoiling&quot;<br />Can have non-destructive fun<br />
  26. 26. “Reading”<br />Making you think<br />Thinking like an academic<br />Not force mould<br />Take time<br />Tips<br />Read actively<br />Read efficiently<br />Not advised to read weeks in advance<br />Knuttila before Wikibook<br />
  27. 27. Lot of work?<br />&quot;Totally doable&quot;<br />Less than project<br />Registering for a Gym <br />I work too<br />
  28. 28. Reading Quiz<br />Before class discussion<br />Multiple-choice questions with correct answers<br />Ten questions or less<br />One minute each<br />Learning strategy<br />Low stakes<br />Question Sources<br />Some retention of core material<br />Not particularly critical thinking<br />
  29. 29. Exams<br />Focus on thinking<br />Understanding<br />Some longer questions<br />Classroom<br />Higher stakes<br />Some of the same questions<br />Mid-Term (October 24)<br />Weeks 2-6<br />Final (Exam Period)<br />Weeks 8-12<br />Some comprehensive questions<br />
  30. 30. Objectives<br />
  31. 31. Core Objectives<br />Sociological Training<br />Critical Thinking<br />
  32. 32. Sociological Training<br />Mastery of tools<br />Conceptual<br />&quot;Think like a sociologist&quot;<br />Terminological<br />&quot;Talk like a sociologist&quot;<br />Learning sociological discourse<br />Keywords for Search<br />Know use<br />Practical<br />&quot;Work like a sociologist&quot;<br />Not just say what is<br />Prepare for upper-levels and grad school<br />
  33. 33. Critical thinking<br />How would you define critical thinking?<br />
  34. 34. Own<br />«Sens critique»<br />Not take anything for granted<br />Not Dual/Binary<br />Not &quot;it&apos;s patently false&quot;<br />Not &quot;it&apos;s certainly true&quot;<br />
  35. 35. Core Competencies<br />Literacies<br />Learning how to learn<br />Lifelong Learning<br />
  36. 36. Think About Context<br />Source Criticism<br />Information and Knowledge<br />
  37. 37. Easy Contexts for Critical Thinking<br />April fool&apos;s<br />Satire<br />Rumour site<br />Wikipedia<br />Advertising<br />Op-Ed<br />
  38. 38. Warning Signs<br />Conspicuous rhetoric<br />French flag on French restaurant<br />Formal title as legitimacy<br />
  39. 39. Next Week<br />
  40. 40. Diverse<br />Front Matter<br />Internet Sociologist<br />Chapter 1<br />Introduction to Wikibook<br />
  41. 41. Overall<br />Sense of the textbook<br />Critical thinking<br />Sense of the discipline<br />
  42. 42. Front Matter<br />&quot;Non-narrative&quot; content<br />Guide<br />Working with book<br />&quot;Exercise&quot;<br />Spend time<br />
  43. 43. Active reading<br />Critical thinking<br />Questions<br />Note-Taking<br />Headnotes<br />Marginalia<br />Journal<br />Annotations<br />
  44. 44. Reading Skills<br />Efficient reading<br />Fran Shaver and Bill Reimer<br />Multiple passes<br />Concentric circles<br />Contexts<br />Try to predict<br />Why thought?<br />Semester progression<br />
  45. 45. Internet Sociologist<br />Method to apply critical thinking<br />Much about sources<br />Apply critical thinking to tutorial itself<br />Think about purpose<br />
  46. 46. Knuttila Chapter 1<br />
  47. 47. Overview<br />Science as a Way of Knowing<br />Sociology and the Social Sciences<br />Sociology as the Study of Structure and Agency<br />Science, Theory, and the Origins of Sociology<br />The Sociological Imagination and Its &apos;Promise&apos;<br />Developing the Sociological Perspective<br />Getting On with Sociological Analysis<br />
  48. 48. Science as a Way of Knowing<br />Ways of knowing<br />Science<br />Also in appendix<br />Perry’s positions<br />First positions with &quot;right answer&quot;<br />Higher positions with critical thinking<br />Dominance of science<br />Part of sociology of science (STS)<br />As way of knowing<br />Scientific Method<br />
  49. 49. Sociology and the Social Sciences<br />Disciplinary boundaries<br />
  50. 50. Sociology as the Study of Structure and Agency<br />Personal/Public<br />Private/Public<br />Person/Group<br />Goal/”Greater Good”<br />Agency<br />&quot;Act upon&quot;<br />Free Will<br />
  51. 51. Social Diversity<br />Human diversity<br />Link to sociological imagination<br />Particularism<br />Relativism<br />
  52. 52. Science, Theory, and the Origins of Sociology<br />Emergence of capitalism<br />Frequent focus<br />Potential critique<br />As broad-reaching context<br />Not absolute<br />Science, enlightenment, classical liberalism<br />Careful on assumptions<br />Links between parts<br />Co-context<br />Emergence of Sociology<br />Contextualize<br />
  53. 53. The Sociological Imagination and Its &apos;Promise&apos;<br />Sociological Imagination<br />
  54. 54. Developing the Sociological Perspective<br />Sociological Way of Thinking<br />Getting On with Sociological Analysis<br />Scholars<br />Max Weber<br />Émile Durkheim<br />Karl Marx<br />C. Wright Mills<br />
  55. 55. Wikibook Introduction<br />
  56. 56. Overview<br />1 What is Sociology?<br />2 History<br />2.1 Auguste Comte and Other Founders<br />2.2 The Development of the Discipline<br />2.3 Early Sociological Studies<br />2.4 Quantitative vs. Qualitative Sociology<br />3 Sociology and Other Social Sciences<br />3.1 The Development of Social Science<br />4 Sociology Today<br />
  57. 57. Structure<br />Short<br />Definitions<br />Sociologists<br />Broad<br />Scholars/Figures<br />Development narrative<br />Phases<br />Disciplinary context<br />Figures outside sociology<br />
  58. 58. Quiz<br />On all material for next time<br />