Introduction to Sociology
Standard letter grades
Total contact hours
Examines fundamental sociological concepts and theories and their applications to historical and contemporary society. Analyzes the influence of social and cultural factors upon human behavior in such areas as culture, socialization, groups, deviance, sexuality, stratification, race, gender, economics, family, religion, and the environment. Explores social dynamics and social institutions coupled with the ever-present issues of social change and the impact of these changes on individuals and society.
Course learning outcomes
1. Analyze societal structures and institutions and their relationships to power, privilege, and oppression.
2. Apply sociological theories and concepts to the social world.
3. Evaluate alternative perspectives and opinions while challenging assumptions.
4. Analyze individual values, beliefs, and traditions and their influence on society.
5. Apply the sociological imagination to the interaction between the self and society.
6. Analyze the social roots of behavior and attitudes, socialization, and social control and their dialectical relationship between individuals and society.
7. Apply sociological theory and methods to contemporary and historical social problems.
- Sociology and the sociological perspective
- Research methods
- Social structure and social interaction
- Groups and organizations
- Deviance, crime, and social control
- Social stratification
- Global stratification
- Gender and gender stratification
- Race and racial stratification
- Work, politics, and the economy
- Social change and social movements
General education/Related instruction lists
- Social Science
- Cultural Literacy