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Introduction to Sociology

Dr. Vicky Crane

Sociology 101 introduces students to sociological perspectives of human social behavior, social structures, interaction, socialization, culture, institutions and social change. The field searches in disciplined ways for answers to questions regarding human identity, social interaction, human relations, and group dynamics. It studies the behavior and interaction of social groups and institutions, traces their origin and growth, and analyzes the influence of group activities on both group members and larger social units.

Meet the Professor!

Bachelor's degree in Psychology, UWEC, master's degree in Family Social Science, U of Minnesota. I have been teaching here since 1983 while also engaging in service work. For nearly 30 years my husband and I organized and led humanitarian and educational projects in Latin America, China, and Japan. We set up five dental clinics in Nicaragua and six in Bolivia. I worked annually in a series of orphanages and street shelters in Cochabamba, Bolivia. Working with Rotary International we set up water and sanitation systems. I also presented academic classes and workshops in various institutions in Latin America. In 2006 my husband (David Crane, a Chippewa dentist) and I were awarded the Lifetime Excellence award by the UWEC Alumni Association for 25 years of humanitarian work in Latin America. I am also a past president of the Wisconsin Council on Family Relations.