This course introduces students to the field of sociology through the study of energy and power in several of their conceptual forms: as social levers of oppression and inequities, as the physical capacity behind economic development and material accumulation, and as complicated and contested cultural symbols. The course will draw from historical and contemporary case studies in western society. Students may take only one introductory-level course. Students are expected to take an introductory-level course to enroll in an area and core courses in sociology. Offered every year.