Sociology 101 with Professor Potts
Blogger: Darby Pak
When I was first read about “Sociology 101” I thought it would be pretty okay. I didn’t check what CORE requirements it would knock out (hint hint - US Diversity). It just looked interesting and I had (and still have) no idea what I want to major in, and since I got an early slot for registration I signed up for the Sociology class with Professor Potts. Going into the class, my expectations were neutral. I thought it would be interesting at best, and boring at worst, but either way I would just have to do well in the class and take note whether or not it was not the major path for me. Oh how wrong I was!
Now, most of the class is taught through slides that Prof. Potts puts together. That sounds boring, right? Just some guy standing and reading off of slides. But Prof. Potts made the material interesting and engaged us. I never dozed off in class and I’m a sleepy person. Terribly sleepy, actually, but I felt engaged and drawn into the topic. Even the most interesting and engaging professor can’t make a boring topic interesting, but there was nothing to worry about here because sociology is incredibly interesting! Sociology is “the scientific study of social behavior or society, including its origins, development, organization, networks, and institutions.” Which may sound a bit boring, but basically what you do is break down everything. You look at different aspects of society and break it down, see where it came from and how it influences people. We turn a critical eye to society, and study the actions of others and ourselves. Our first field assignment had us go out and look at a social interaction (something like the consumer-provider relationship) or stand in a busy place for 10 minutes without doing anything, just standing and observing. Our readings (though long) were interesting. We read about the behaviors of high schoolers in large public schools in the US, and of college students and their paths through college.
If this hasn’t sold you on the class let me just say this; this class educates. Since we look at society, we have to learn about it. There’s quite a bit of history involved, and quite a bit of the modern day. We looked at modern events, and discussed what was happening in the world in relation to what we were learning. There is just a wealth of information in this class, and with professor Potts, it's sure to be a great learning experience. Take the class! (Also it's in the afternoon so no waking up at the crack of dawn! :P )