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SOC 101: Sociology

Course Description

This course will focus on the basic concepts in Sociology and an analysis of culture, socialization, stratification, social organization, class, social interaction, social change, and conflict. (3 credits)

Prerequisite

  • None

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

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

  1. Identify and explain three sociological paradigms, and apply them to understand particular social issues and problems.
  2. Define important sociological concepts, explain important sociological theories, and describe sociological research method.
  3. Discuss the impact of social inequalities within society based on race, ethnicity, culture, gender, sex, and sexuality.
  4. Analyze population dynamics, education, health and healthcare issues, and aging issues as related to both the United States and other global societies presented in this course.
  5. Synthesize the local and global nature and impacts of social circumstances.
  6. Describe how current issues are shaped by social conditions and social structure.
  7. Critically examine theoretical perspectives and be able to apply them to current issues.

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

Weight

Discussions (Weeks 1-8)

60%

Exams (Week 2, 4, 6)

10%

Research paper (Week 8)

20%

Final Exam (Week 8)

10%

Total

100%

Required Textbook

Course Schedule

Week

SLOs

Readings and Exercises

Assignments

1

1,2

Topics: The Founding fathers of Sociology & the Sociological view
  • Chapters 1, 2 & 4
  • Read assigned material
  • Participate in the Discussions (Notes: Include the use of APA formatting and the discussion questions are to be the length of an essay.)
  • Review the Lecture material

2

2,3,6,7

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

  • Chapters 3, 5 & 11

  • Read assigned material
  • Participate in the Discussions (Notes: Include the use of APA formatting and the discussion questions are to be the length of an essay.)
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Complete the first exam (Graded)

3

4,5,6,7

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

  • Chapters 6, 7 & 8

  • Read assigned material
  • Participate in the Discussions (Notes: Include the use of APA formatting and the discussion questions are to be the length of an essay.)
  • Review the Lecture material

4

3,5,6

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

  • Chapters 9, 11, 18 & 20

  • Read assigned material
  • Participate in the Discussions (Notes: Include the use of APA formatting and the discussion questions are to be the length of an essay.)
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Complete the second exam (Graded)

5

2,4,6,7

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

  • Chapters 10, 13 & 17

  • Read assigned material
  • Participate in the Discussions (Notes: Include the use of APA formatting and the discussion questions are to be the length of an essay.)
  • Review the Lecture material

6

1,3,4,6

Topic: Social Institutions: Families

  • Chapters 14 and 20

  • Read assigned material
  • Participate in the Discussions (Notes: Include the use of APA formatting and the discussion questions are to be the length of an essay.)
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Complete the third exam(Graded)

7

1,2,3,4,7

Topic: Social Institutions: Religions & Education Government

  • Chapters 15 and 17

  • Read assigned material
  • Participate in the Discussions (Notes: Include the use of APA formatting and the discussion questions are to be the length of an essay.)
  • Review the Lecture material

8

3,4,5,6,7

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

  • Chapters 12, 16, 19 & 21

  • Read assigned material
  • Participate in the Discussions (Notes: Include the use of APA formatting and 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

Chapters 5,14,16,18 & 19

SLOs - 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7

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