Welcome to Sociology!
What is Sociology?
Sociology is the study of human society, social structures and institutions. Sociology's subject matter is diverse, ranging from media to family, crime to religion, and race to radical social movements. As sociologists, we are tasked with taking a closer look at some of the most "normal" aspects of society. The ultimate goal is to make the familiar strange and critically question and examine why things are the way they are. If this sounds interesting, you are in the right place! So again, welcome to sociology, and to my course website! Take a look around, learn a little bit about me and the course you have enrolled in!
My name is Blayke Barker. I have been teaching at CCSF since 2017 in the School of Behavioral & Social Sciences and Multicultural Studies. I am originally from a small border town in Southern California called El Centro and just recently moved to the Bay Area in 2016. I received my Bachelor's degree from UC Santa Barbara in Sociology and Black Studies. I went on to attend Penn State University and received my Master's in American Studies in 2014.
My research interests are race relations, identity formation, and social inequalities. In 2014 I completed my Master's research on Border Patrol agents of Mexican Ancestry who patrol the Southern California borderline. I have always been deeply drawn to my hometown community, its rich culture, and the impact and symbolism of the border wall. These interests inspired my commitment to teaching about justice and social equality here at CCSF. My ultimate goal is to make sociology interesting, relatable, and accessible to all students. This means that I want you to be able to connect with the topics we are learning about, see the value in your own experiences, and apply what you learn to your everyday life.
When I am not teaching I am most likely hanging out with my two dogs, Kado and Layla, and my 1 year old son, Julius.
For Introduction to Sociology the required textbook is
You May Ask Yourself: An Introduction to Thinking Like a Sociologist by Dalton Conley
You may use the 4th, 5th or 6th edition of this textbook, but please be advised that the "Core Edition" is missing some of the required chapters.
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