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SOC 101: Sociology

Course Description

This course in an introduction to the basic concepts in Sociology and an analysis of culture, socialization, stratification, social organization, class, social interaction, social change and conflict.

Prerequisite

  • ENG 101: English Composition 1

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Understand the basic overarching sociological constructs of culture, socialization and stratification.
  2. Understand society is a dynamic process in which social structure, institutions, organizations, formal and informal groups are created, maintained and sustained through social interactions.
  3. Study how class, race, and gender impacts group and social life.
  4. Understand variations in group life, norms, roles, culture, and social organization.
  5. Have an understanding of the theoretical frameworks for analyzing social problems and policies, social phenomena, and critical empirical questions about society and human behavior.

General Education Outcomes (GEOs)

Please check the applicable GEOs for this course, if any, by outcomes at GEO Category Search, or by subject area at GEO Discipline Search.

Course Activities and Grading

Assignments

Points

Weight

Discussions (Weeks 1-8)

240

75%

Exams (Week 2, 4, 6)

30

10%

Research paper (Week 8)

10

10%

Final Exam (Week 8)

10

5%

Total

290

100%

Required Textbooks

(Available through Charter Oak’s online bookstore)

  • Schaefer, Richard T. Sociology Matters. 7th ed. McGraw Publishing, 2019. ISBN-13: 9781260214772 [Looseleaf Version]

Course Schedule

Week

SLOs

Readings and Exercises

Assignments

1

4, 5

Topics: Nine of the Founding fathers of Sociology & the Sociological view
  • Chapter 1
  • Read the 4 posted articles that are included in the learning unit
  • Read assigned material
  • Participate in the Discussions (Notes: Include the use of APA formatting. & The discussion questions are to be the length of an essay.)
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Work on practice questions (not graded)

2

2, 4, 6

Topics: Preparing for the Research Paper, Changes in American Values, Culture and Socialization

  • Chapter 2

  • Read the 4 posted articles that are included in the learning unit

  • Read assigned material

  • Participate in the Discussions (Notes: Include the use of APA formatting. & The discussion questions are to be the length of an essay.)

  • Review the Lecture material

  • Complete the first exam

3

1,2,3,4,5

Topics: Social Interaction, Groups, Social Structure, Deviance and Social Control

  • Chapters 3 & 4

  • Read the 6 posted articles that are included in the learning unit

  • Read assigned material

  • Participate in the Discussions (Notes: Include the use of APA formatting. & The discussion questions are to be the length of an essay.)

  • Review the Lecture material

  • Work on practice questions (not graded)

4

1,3,4

Topics: Stratification in the United Stated and Global Inequality, Inequality by Race and Ethnicity

  • Chapters 5 & 6

  • Read the 2 posted articles that are included in the learning unit

  • Read assigned material

  • Participate in the Discussions (Notes: Include the use of APA formatting. & The discussion questions are to be the length of an essay.)

  • Review the Lecture material

  • Complete the second exam

5

2,7

Topics: Social Institutes: Economy, Population, Aging, Death and Dying

  • Chapters 6 (cont), 9 & 10

  • Read the 4 posted articles that are included in the learning unit

  • Read assigned material

  • Participate in the Discussions (Notes: Include the use of APA formatting. & The discussion questions are to be the length of an essay.)

  • Review the Lecture material

  • Work on practice questions (not graded)

6

2,4,5

Topic: Social Institutions: Families

  • Chapter 8

  • Read the 6 posted articles that are included in the learning unit

  • Read assigned material

  • Participate in the Discussions (Notes: Include the use of APA formatting. & The discussion questions are to be the length of an essay.)

  • Review the Lecture material

  • Complete the third exam

7

1,2,3,4,5

Topic: Social Institutions: Religions & Education Government

  • Chapters 8 (cont) & 9

  • Read the 2 posted articles that are included in the learning unit

  • Read assigned material

  • Participate in the Discussions (Notes: Include the use of APA formatting. & The discussion questions are to be the length of an essay.)

  • Review the Lecture material

  • Work on practice questions (not graded)

8

1,2,3,4,5

Topics: Inequality by Gender, Social Movements, Social Change, and Technology

  • Chapters 7 & 11

  • Read the 4 posted articles that are included in the learning unit

  • Read assigned material

  • Participate in the Discussions (Notes: Include the use of APA formatting. & The discussion questions are to be the length of an essay.)

  • Review the Lecture material

  • Review sheet for the final exam

  • Submit Research paper

  • Complete final exam

Final Exam

It is a cumulative exam of the entire semester

SLOs - All

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