Course Syllabus


SOC 1000: Introduction to Sociology 

Harvard College/GSAS: Fall 2022





Meeting Time: 10:30 - 11:45 Tuesdays & Thursdays

Meeting Place: Harvard Art Museums 0630: Deknatel Lecture Hall (please note new location!)

Professor: Danilo Mandić

Office Hours: Tuesdays 12:00 - 14:00 in 604 William James Hall.


Cat O'Donnell (

Office hours by appointment: 

Minjin Chae (

Office hours by appointment:

Evan MacKay (

Office hours by appointment via email


Syllabus: [right herePLEASE MAKE SURE YOU HAVE UPDATED, FALL 2022 SYLLABUS (throw away old versions!)

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Course Description:

What is society? What is the role of the individual in society? How does the way society is organized affect the behaviors and beliefs of people who live in it? How can we change our societies? This course introduces students to the field of sociology. By surveying social theory as well as empirical studies, students acquire what C. Wright Mills calls the "sociological imagination": the ability to think beyond our personal lives and to connect the experiences of individuals with large social structures. Readings include prominent empirical investigations into family dynamics, class inequalities, gender roles, organizations, religions, the nation-state, capitalism, democracy, and globalization. We examine common-sense assumptions about culture, politics, history, and psychology, and empower students to replace them with evidence-based reasoning. By emphasizing reading, writing, and critical thinking skills, this course helps students build the foundation for a deeper understanding of theory and methods in the social sciences.


Lecture slides will be uploaded weekly under "Files" in the readings' folders.

Week 1. Introduction

Week 2: Society

Week 3: Class

Week 4: Race

Week 5: Gender

Week 6: Culture

Week 7: Religion

Week 8: The State

Week 9: Nationalism

Week 10: Capitalism

Week 11: Networks

Week 12: Migration

Week 13: Social Movements


Course Summary:

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