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Sociology challenges students to move
beyond stereotypical and taken for granted assumptions that are deeply
embedded in our daily lives to be able to think analytically and critically
about the nature of social life. This means learning how to avoid the
trap of drawing simplistic conclusions, resisting commonsensical shallow
thinking, and overcoming pervasive ethnocentric visions of the world.
We will foster the development ofcritical and creative thinking by analytically
dissecting and exploring complex situations and social interactions at
different geographical and temporal scales. Thus, we toggle between face-to-face
interaction and global relations and compare contemporary social dynamics
with long-term historical trends.
We aim to cultivate passion,encourage curiosity, and stimulate creative
energies to learn and reflect on the past, understand the present, and
contemplate the prospects for our collective future. This will be accomplished
by fostering the critical and creative thinking skills necessary to meet
the fast changing, local and global challenges of our time.
We are exploring social life today to shape what is coming tomorrow!