Sociology with Dr. Charles Quist-Adade has definitely changed the way I view the society I live in, as well as all other societies in the world. I feel as though everything that Dr. Quist-Adade taught us had considerable amounts of value, but the most effective core-concept, to me, is that of debunking and critical thinking. Throughout the four-month duration of this course, I have learned many new concepts that have broadened and expanded my knowledge pertaining to the overall functions of society as well as the processes within them (racism, social justice issues, the sociological imagination, etc.).
Debunking is the core-concept that stuck with me the most because it challenges assumptions made, or conventional truths and goes beyond the “surface-level” of concepts. To debunk is to look at the obvious and pronounced, as well as the less-obvious and deeper explanations for social behavior. When debunking, you see the unfamiliar in the familiar and vise-versa. This means to decode and deconstruct conventional truths and the “taken-for-granted.” Some examples of large debunking movements in society include The Civil Rights Movement, racial and ethnic minorities, and women in academia.
Entering this course, at the beginning of the semester, I definitely had some preconceived notions about many issues in society. For example, I did not know there were so many issues in social justice, or how detrimental racism actually is in modern society. I also was not aware of the myth of race and reality of racism until I read Tridico’s book; I believed that races were a reality as well as racism.
However, the course as a whole helped me to deconstruct and debunk these preconceived notions that I had. Through the use of in-class lecture notes and lectures, in-class discussions, readings (from both “Issues in Social Justice” and “Sociology for Everyone”), videos and clips pertaining to the course. Through Quist-Adade’s teaching on the aforementioned topics, my preconceived notions were debunked and new concepts were learned and unlearned. For example, chapter 12 in “Issues in Social Justice” discusses the myth of race and reality of racism. Until reading this chapter, I truly believed that race was a real word to describe ethnic groups and separate different peoples of society. I also had no idea how detrimental racism actually was until reviewing some of the lecture notes and class discussions, as well as in-class videos. I was well aware of racism in modern-day society, but I had no idea as to the extent of how damaging it actually was/is. For example, there was one documentary that we watched in which “blue eyes” were placed in a room where they were being discriminated and prejudice against by both the “white” instructor and Native people.
There has been much learned over the past four-month duration of this Introduction to Society course with Dr. Quist-Adade. Whether it was the learning or unlearning of social justice issues, or other concepts dealt with in sociology. There have been quite a few preconceived notions that have been deconstructed and quashed through the use of lesson lectures, readings, discussions and videos. The core-concept that has stuck with me the most is that of debunking, which is the act of questioning or exposing a falseness or exaggeration of something.