Department of Sociology

Luis Romero

M.A., The University of Texas at Austin

Luis Romero



Immigration, Political Sociology, State Action, Social Movements, Research Methodology


Luis A. Romero is working toward his Ph.D. in sociology at the University of Texas at Austin. His research interests include immigration, political sociology, state action and social movements. Particularly, he is interested in studying how immigrants interact with the state and other groups in the United States.


SOC F302 • Intro To The Study Of Society

85875 • Summer 2016
Meets MTWTHF 10:00AM-11:30AM GDC 4.304

Course Description

Sociology has a twofold purpose. The first is to scientifically study how different aspects of society (such as socialization, social inequalities, institutions, groups, culture, etc.) affect and create people’s everyday lives. The second is to teach members of society to see beyond both individualist and commonsense understandings of the world using scientific data and research as evidence. In one sense, we are all budding sociologists with hypotheses and theories about social life. However, this course will teach you about social events and situations that are outside of your own life experience. The goal of this course is to enable you to think sociologically. More than memorizing answers to an exam, thinking sociologically is about thinking critically and creatively about your social relations and the social relations of others – even if they are unlike your own. You will accomplish this by reading and understanding various sociological studies. Thus, you will learn not to take for granted other people’s life circumstances and to see that we are all constrained by our social environment. In other words, you will learn how to see the world through a sociological lens.


Grades will be evaluated through four equally weighted exams and participation in the course.


While I take attendance every day at the beginning of class, attendance in not directly part of your final grade. This means that you do not have to notify me if you will not be attending class or provide, with the exception of exam days, an excused absence. However, overall attendance will be factored into the participation grade, meaning that excessive absences could lead to a reduction in overall course grade.


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