Introduction to Sociology
Standard letter grades
Contact hours total
Provides conceptual tools for analyzing and understanding social forces that shape our lives. The relationships among socialization and social groups, as well as economic, political and religious systems are investigated. This course is considered a human relations component.
1. Exhibit knowledge and understanding of societal structures and institutions and their relationships to power, privilege, and oppression.
2. Critically analyze and discuss sociological theories and concepts in small and large groups.
3. Examine and evaluate alternative perspectives and opinions while challenging assumptions regarding social issues.
4. Analyze the influence of individual values, beliefs, and traditions on the larger society.
5. Express interpretation and analysis of sociological principles through formal and informal writing.
1. Sociology and the sociological perspective
2. Research methods
5. Social structure and social interaction
6. Groups and organizations
7. Deviance, crime, and social control
8. Social stratification
9. Global stratification
10. Gender and gender stratification
11. Race and racial stratification
12. Work, politics, and the economy
13. Social change and social movements
Textbook available online at no cost.
Grades will be determined by homework assignments, exams, and discussion and participation.
General education/Related instruction lists
- Social Science
- Cultural Literacy