Course Summary
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Self-paced (60 days)
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Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 3 general sociology


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

Learning Outcomes:

  • apply steps of the scientific method to sociological questions
  • demonstrate how scientific methods or sociological principles are used to study society
  • describe various methods used to research and study society
  • identify benefits of studying society
  • describe the elements that contribute to the development of culture
  • explain how one's bias can impact how we study society, the conclusions we draw, and the decisions we make
  • describe how social structures shape individuals' lives
  • explain how our statuses and roles affect how we interact with others
  • interpret the effects of the social construction of race, ethnicity, and gender
  • explain how people interpret the world around them and their roles
  • compare/contrast systems of stratification
  • identify how power (and perceptions of power) influence problem solving and decision-making
  • explain how people conform to and deviate from societal norms
  • compare the conflict, functionalist and symbolic interactionist perspectives on foundational sociological concepts, and compare/contrast different types of economies and understand how the economy affects the work and labor of a society

General Topics:

  • What is sociology
  • Sociological methods
  • Sociological thought
  • Culture
  • Social structure
  • Relationships
  • Race and ethnicity
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Perspective and privilege
  • Politics
  • Conformity and deviance
  • Economy
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Case Studies
  • Computer Based Training
  • Lectures

Methods of Assessment:

  • Quizzes
  • Written Papers

Minimum Passing Score:

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