This course introduces the sociological perspective as a way to look at and make sense of our complex and changing world. Students study basic concepts, principles, and methods of sociological analysis. Subject areas include culture, social structure, socialization, groups, social inequity, and social change, taught using a global perspective. This is an introductory class designed to be a student's first experience with the study of sociology at the college level. Students will be prepared to either go on to higher-level sociology classes and/or use this basic understanding of sociological thinking as a foundation for greater understanding of themselves and society.