This introductory course in sociology explores what is surely the most fascinating of this planet's life forms, Homo sapiens. We are thinking creatures who, lacking a biologically fixed nature, go about constructing societies, at once defining ourselves as we shape our world. Understanding how we accomplish these tasks is the focus of this course. We begin by describing how sociologists see and study the world, and then we apply these tools to the study of human society. Discussions raise issues such as how cultures vary and how they are the same, how people are socialized to take their place in their particular way of life, how traditional and modern societies differ, and why social inequality is found throughout the world. This course combines lecture and discussion, presents various points of view, gives students opportunities to develop writing skills, and highlights ways in which sociology can help with future careers and inform our entire lives. Offered every other year.