A systematic introduction to understanding society, social structure, basic social institutions and their interrelations, the nature of social interactions, and the relationship between the individual and society. Particular attention is given to major issues within society such as power, social class, inequality and the processes by which human nature and instincts become socially transformed and socially structured. These social issues are examined comparatively and with particular reference to Canadian society. The student is also introduced to major theoretical issues in sociology, the methods of sociology and the rules of evidence in social science. This course is prerequisite to all upper-year courses unless specifically waived by the department. (lec 3) cr 6.