Course Summary
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ACE Course Number:
24 weeks (126 hours)
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Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 3 sociology


The course objective is to introduce the basic concepts, theoretical approaches, and methods of sociology. Topics include the analysis and explanation of social structure, group dynamics, socialization and the self, social stratification, culture and diversity, social change, and global dynamics. Course objectives include the ability to apply sociological ideas to everyday life.

Learning Outcomes:

  • understand and apply the sociological imagination to a variety of contemporary social phenomena
  • understand the historical development of sociology as a separate discipline
  • distinguish between the use of various research methods
  • identify, compare, and apply the primary sociological perspectives
  • explain and apply key sociological concepts
  • describe and explain the basic dimensions of social inequality and social change in historical and contemporary society
  • assess what social forces and organizational structures are most prominent in shaping, guiding and influencing individual and group behavior in contemporary society.

General Course Topics:

  • The sociological imagination
  • The historical development of sociology
  • Major sociological perspectives
  • Studying the social world: an introduction to research methods
  • Society and culture
  • Socialization
  • Interaction, groups and organizations
  • Deviance and social control
  • Stratification: class, race, ethnicity, age, sex and gender
  • Social institutions: family, education, religion, medicine, economy/work, politics, science and technology
  • Social dynamics: population, urbanization, environment and globalization
  • Social change
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Computer Based Training

Methods of Assessment:

  • Quizzes
  • Written Papers
  • Proctored Final Examination

Minimum Passing Score:

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