Intro to sociology explained what sociology is with its concepts and theories of individuals, individuals within society and their interactions with each other. I found this course help enhance personal opinions, multiple perspectives and analyzing skills.
This course taught me how to further my ability in analyzing situations within society while also having me to solve the issue with a multi perspective attitude. I found this course very useful with the journal responses to the articles, videos, and social justice textbook because it allowed me to practice what was taught in class such as debunking. This was especially when I found myself using such methods of solving and analyzing with personal issues between friends and was able to help them. The reading methods for the journal blogs (affective, periphrastic and dialectic), which I thought was helpful. The reading methods taught me how to analyze the text and not just read it like a story novel, while also having me question and solve each aspect I could find of that particular issue.
An open mind and a multiple perspective of an issue can be an important ability when dealing with social issues. While the social justice text book’s subjects were of general issues and problems, such as racism, terrorism, and sexuality, the text book supplied some other areas and perspectives of issues that I have not approached before. For example with the issue of homelessness in the United States, I was not aware of the struggles or inequality in the treatment towards the homeless or in the ideas of pace usage. The idea that social issues are neither black nor white was a repetitive theme when solving for a solution, especially when giving an opinion. When the class discussions appeared, individuals would take in and then add on or give an opposing opinion to the idea. This is to develop ideas and additional perspectives while coming to the best conclusion as possible as a group or individual that will include all parties of the issue.
During this sociology course I became more particularly opinioned on certain subjects and also creating new ones, such as on ‘race’ or racism. Before we approached this issue in class, although I had never liked the thought of classifying individuals into different categories, I would never think much on the idea of ‘race’. What I am aware of and believe now is that, I feel almost uncomfortable with the issue and would strongly rather address these differences as ethnicity, and that amongst individuals there is only one race, that being the human race. A new opinion created would be on the idea that racism still exists within society. Although many would claim that racism doesn’t exist, it does; maybe not as obvious as it was before in society, but still existing, hidden and unnoticed. Racism still exist amongst individuals because humans will naturally hold some sort of prejudice feelings towards another or groups, which would therefore mean that racism cannot disappear from society but only be ignored by individuals within society. These ideas greatly changed my views, while also having me create a stronger view of race and racism, contrasted from before where I would neither be as aware of the existence nor be as opinionated on race and racism.
This sociology course has taught and allowed me to develop many new and stronger opinions of social issues, while also enhancing my ability to analyze and approach situations with a multiple perspective. With the readings, and journal blogs, I was able to analyze social issues, such as with homelessness and racism, and also apply similar methods of analyzing to personal or everyday situations. When attending this course, multiple perspectives are encouraged to allow students to develop possible solutions that would benefit all parties. Overall, this sociology class has enhanced my personal opinions, multiple perspectives and analyzing skills