Course Abstract Details

SOC-101, Introduction to Sociology

Credits: 3

This is a General Education Course

Course Description

SOC 101, Introduction to Sociology, examines the patterns by which people interact with each other in society. Topics typically included are methods of sociological research, the nature of culture, the influences of others on the development of the individual, conformity and deviance, female and male roles, relations between groups, social inequality, institutions and change. Prerequisite: exemption/completion of READ-099. Three hours lecture each week. Three credits. Three billable hours. DIVERSITY/WORLD VIEW. GENERAL EDUCATION

Course Objectives and Grading Information

COURSE OBJECTIVES: Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: 

1. Summarize and explain what sociology is and demonstrate, orally or in writing, the use of the sociological perspective in studying human behavior.t (GE 1,2; PG 1,2,4) 

2. Compare three major theoretical orientations in sociology and illustrate how each one explains social phenomena. (GE 1,2; PG 1,4) 

3. Describe, recognize and apply different research methods used in sociological research. (GE 1,3,4; PG 1,2,3,4) 

4. Examine the nature and significance of culture and compare the key content of different cultures. (GE 2,6; PG 1) 

5. Describe and illustrate the process of socialization and assess its importance in understanding human behavior, including conforming and deviant behavior. 

6. Identify and explain the functions of social institutions, such as family, religion, economy and politics. (GE 1,2,4,7; PG 3,4) 

7. Participate in class discussions analyzing how age, gender, race/ethnicity and social class shape the experience of people in different societies, maintaining a cooperative and respectful approach during these discussions.(GE 1,2,6,7; PG 1,2,4) 

8. Use the major concepts of sociology to analyze social phenomena and to develop solutions to social problems. (GE 1,2,5; PG 1,2,4)

Learning Goals

The abbreviations in parentheses represent Learning Goals which have been identified for this course and program of study:

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