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SOC 1020 - Introduction to Sociology

Credits: 3
Hours/Week: Lecture 3Lab None
Course Description: This course is a survey of sociology’s major theoretical perspectives and research methods. Basic concepts include culture, socialization, groups, organizations, deviance, social institutions, change, and inequalities based on class, race, and gender. The course explains how sociological research is conducted using concepts, theories, and methods as well as the significance of a global perspective for understanding social behavior.
MnTC Goals
5 History/Social/Behavioral Science, 7 Human Diversity

Prerequisite(s): Assessment score placement in ENGL 1021  or completion of ENGL 0090  with a grade of C or higher and assessment score placement in RDNG 1000  or completion of RDNG 0900  or RDNG 0950  with a grade of C or higher.
Corequisite(s): None
Recommendation: None

Major Content
  1. Culture and society
  2. Economics and politics
  3. Education and medicine
  4. Family and religion
  5. Gender and age
  6. Population, demography, and environment
  7. Race and ethnicity
  8. Research methodology, measurement, and ethics
  9. Social control, deviance, and crime
  10. Social groups and organizations
  11. Social movements and change
  12. Social stratification: U.S. and world dynamics of global inequality
  13. Socialization
  14. Sociological perspectives
  15. Theory construction

Learning Outcomes
At the end of this course students will be able to:

  1. apply critical thinking skills to analyzing and interpreting information accurately from opinion, theoretical, and empirical research-based sources.
  2. use appropriate research methods to conduct different types of social research.
  3. determine the best theoretical perspective or theory to use in given research situations.
  4. apply the Sociological Imagination to analyzing global, societal, institutional and individual social inequalities and their consequences.
  5. explicate sociological knowledge about various minorities.
  6. describe how more objective, broader study has influenced one¿s attitudes and beliefs regarding diversity.
  7. explain the cultural experiences and contributions of minorities in the development of the United States.

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