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SOC 101 - Introduction to Sociology

Credits: 3
3 Lecture Hours

This course is an introductory survey of the field of sociology with a primary goal for students to develop the sociological imagination or an understanding of the relationships between biography and history and self and society. Topics include history of the field, major theories/perspectives and use of social research to develop theory. Students also examine processes of socialization, deviance, social institutions, structures and change dynamics with an eye toward understanding the social world and our position within it.
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Differentiate between the dominant theories sociologists use and the research used to develop those theories.
  2. Explain the process of socialization and how the context of that process shapes the selves we develop.
  3. Analyze how the organization of society via groups, organizations, institutions and structures influences social life.
  4. Examine how various processes of social change shape social life.
  5. Discuss the importance of understanding cultural diversity in the contemporary world, as well as the practices and processes that produce inequity and inequality.
Listed Topics
  1. Use of the sociological imagination
  2. Historical developments in the field
  3. Major theories
  4. Research methods in sociology
  5. Culture and cultural diversity
  6. Socialization and development of self
  7. Groups, organizations, institutions and structures
  8. Social interaction
  9. Stratification systems
  10. Dynamics of social change
Reference Materials
Currently recognized textbooks and other books, academic articles, news and media sources, publicly available data sets, online resources including video materials.
Students who successfully complete this course acquire general knowledge, skills and abilities that align with CCAC’s definition of an educated person. Specifically, this course fulfills these General Education Goals:
  • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving
  • Culture Society & Citizenship
Approved By: Dr. Quintin B. Bullock Date Approved: 04/12/2024
Last Reviewed: 04/12/2024

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