Course Summary
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The course is self-paced, and many learners complete it in 4-8 weeks.
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Credit Recommendation & Competencies
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Lower-Division Baccalaureate 3 Introduction to Sociology


The course objective is to explore a wide variety of human experiences and how sociologists interpret these experiences. Through growing understanding of the diversity of human experience and through how the parts of society fit together, students expand their problem solving, relationship building, and self and social awareness skills.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Explain how scientific methods or models are used to study society.
  • Summarize the ways key concepts and principles of sociology impact reaching common goals through collaboration.
  • Develop a sociological perspective to understand how diversity and ethics influences choices and decisions we make.
  • Summarize the ways key concepts and principles of sociology impact reaching common goals through understanding power structures.

General Topics:

  • What Sociology Studies
  • The Sociological Imagination
  • Structural Functionalism
  • Conflict Theory
  • Symbolic Interactionism
  • The Scientific Method
  • Collecting Quantitative and Qualitative Data
  • Ethics in Sociology
  • Role and Purpose of Culture
  • Cultural Diversity and Ethnocentrism
  • Norms and Mores
  • Values and Beliefs
  • Social Structure
  • Groups and Organizations
  • Formal Organizations
  • Societies
  • Status and Roles
  • Role Conflict and Presentation of the Self
  • Socialization and Social Interaction
  • Sociological Foundation of Race
  • Race in the USA
  • Immigration and Immigrants
  • Religion in America
  • Social Construction of Gender
  • Gender Socialization and Roles
  • Sexuality and Sexual Orientation
  • Social and Global Stratification
  • Class in the USA
  • Changing Society
  • Types of Political Systems
  • Power and Authority
  • Conformity
  • Crime and Punishment
  • Capitalism and Socialism
  • Globalization and Polarization
  • Media and Technology
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Computer Based Training
  • Lectures
  • Practical Exercises

Methods of Assessment:

  • Examinations
  • Quizzes
  • Written Papers

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