Overview

We have a summer in Storrs for you!

UConn's Pre-College Summer Sociology: Human Behavior course provides high school students the opportunity to channel our inner detective and figure out why humans act and interact as we do at a nationally ranked public university campus.

Sherlock Holmes: Expert Sociologist

“The world is full of obvious things which nobody by any chance ever observes.” Sherlock Holmes, The Hound of the Baskervilles

Have you ever wondered what sociologists and literature's favorite detective would have in common? Offered during Session 2, our Sociology: Human Behavior course investigates the social world as the famous detective, Sherlock Holmes, would do. Through what Holmes called the science of deduction, we will investigate why people act and interact, searching for the root causes of human behavior by detecting clues that allow us to solve four key mysteries:

     - What causes people to behave in predictable ways—their character or their environment?

     - What do our cultural habits and trends tell us about ourselves and our values?

     - How does our class status, gender, and race influence our beliefs that something is either natural or normal?

     - Why does inequality exist?

We will set out to answer these questions through brief readings, engaging in discussion, watching video-clips, participating in exercises, analyzing data, and forming and testing conclusions. Together, we will combine our clues to uncover hidden patterns in society and why those patterns exist. By the end of the course, students will have a basic sociological understanding of the world.

2020 Pre-College Summer Dates:

Session 1: June 28 – July 4

Session 2: July 5 – July 11

Session 3: July 12 – July 18

Session 4: July 19 – July 25

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