Reflections for Sociology

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Society is everything. It is where we live, who we are, and what we do. Everyday our lives are affected by society but also we affect our society everyday too. In January of 2008, when I enrolled in Sociology 101 with Professor Green, this idea never applied to me. I had no idea what sociology even was or what the subject even impelled. At the beginning of the year when I was given the assignment to write about why I wanted to take Sociology 101 this is what I said:

“As a sophomore at San Diego State University, I am in the process of trying to finish up all of general education classes. The reason I am taking Soc 101 is for that exact reason. It is one of the classes that I am missing to fulfill my general education requirements. When I went into this class I was not exactly sure what to expect. I was not sure what sociology meant or what the study of sociology meant, but after Professor Green described it, I am more interested in the subject now. I hope to learn maybe something about myself. Why I am the way I am, or behave the way I do. I hope to be able to analyze myself, from what I have learned from the class. By being a party of this class, I believe that I will bring a lot of discussion to the class. Subjects that I do not have a lot of knowledge on often cause curiosity which leads me to asking questions. I think I will ask questions that will start section discussions each week. I look forward to learning more about sociology.” Today my outlook is different. Over the course I have learned a lot about what sociologist analyze in the world today, and over the course I have found myself tying things that I used to take for granted, back to what I have learned in this course.

One topic that we discussed in class was about social norms. What was normal in society and what was not? In discussion I remember this topic vividly because I remember Professor Green giving the example of a male being able to scratch his private parts...
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