Apr 02, 2020
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.
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.
- Culture and society
- Economics and politics
- Education and medicine
- Family and religion
- Gender and age
- Population, demography, and environment
- Race and ethnicity
- Research methodology, measurement, and ethics
- Social control, deviance, and crime
- Social groups and organizations
- Social movements and change
- Social stratification: U.S. and world dynamics of global inequality
- Sociological perspectives
- Theory construction
At the end of this course students will be able to:
- apply critical thinking skills to analyzing and interpreting information accurately from opinion, theoretical, and empirical research-based sources.
- use appropriate research methods to conduct different types of social research.
- determine the best theoretical perspective or theory to use in given research situations.
- apply the Sociological Imagination to analyzing global, societal, institutional and individual social inequalities and their consequences.
- explicate sociological knowledge about various minorities.
- describe how more objective, broader study has influenced one¿s attitudes and beliefs regarding diversity.
- explain the cultural experiences and contributions of minorities in the development of the United States.
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